A YOUNG girl was ‘sexually touched’ by a man at a bus stop, before a heroic bystander stepped in to save her.
Essex Police confirmed that they have launched an investigation over allegations of a man assaulting the 12-year-old girl in Southend, Essex.
Cops say the girl was sat on a bench near the C/D stand of Southend bus depot when the man, who was already sat in the area, began to touch her inappropriately.
A bus was reportedly unloading right next to them at the time.
It is understood that a woman confronted the attacker and began to argue with him, which allowed the girl to escape and raise the alarm.
The suspect was described as a white man in his 60s with short, grey hair.
He was also described as wearing a pinstriped suit and black jacket.
The incident occurred on October 29 at around 2pm.
Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.
PC Kathryn Willett, of Southend CID, said: “We believe this was an isolated incident, but we are really keen to trace this suspect and arrest him.
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“Quite simply his actions were criminal and his young victim was understandably distressed by this incident.”
She added: “We are really keen to speak to the brave member of the public who stepped in.”
Anyone with information can contact Essex Police by calling 101 and quoting investigation reference 42/267424/22.
Those who wish to give information anonymously can contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.