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, 艾塞克斯.
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, 说: “We believe this was an isolated incident, but we are really keen to trace this suspect and arrest him.
“Quite simply his actions were criminal and his young victim was understandably distressed by this incident.”
她补充说: “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.