Po­lice keen to find girl’s at­tacker

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Mata­mata po­lice are seek­ing as­sis­tance in iden­ti­fy­ing a man who al­legedly at­tacked an 11-year-old girl as she walked to school on Wed­nes­day, May 9.

De­tec­tive Chris Smith said the Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dent was as­saulted on Sh­effield St at 8.15am.

The girl man­aged to fight off her at­tacker and run to school where she told a friend what had hap­pened.

She was not hurt in the at­tack but was ‘‘ob­vi­ously shaken’’.

The man was de­scribed as wear­ing dark cloth­ing, pos­si­bly with a hooded top.

Po­lice do not be­lieve it is linked to a pre­vi­ous in­ci­dent on Fri­day, May 4, where a man tried to get a girl into his car. ‘‘But we do want to em­pha­sise that kids should be walk­ing to school along main roads, walk­ing in pairs and not cut­ting through parks, re­serves and al­leys,’’ said Mr Smith.

There was no ve­hi­cle in­volved in the in­ci­dent.

Po­lice are re­mind­ing par­ents and chil­dren that they need to stay aware and keep safe.

If you have any in­for­ma­tion on ei­ther in­ci­dent please con­tact Mata­mata po­lice on 888 7117.

Al­ter­na­tively, in­for­ma­tion can be left anony­mously with Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

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