Man tries to grab teen girls in Cramlington

Two teenage girls were grabbed by a man thought to have a knife in Cramlington yesterday.

Police are appealing for information after the two girls aged 14 and 16, who were walking on the cycle track which runs past Shanklea Primary School in the town between 7.30pm and 7.45pm on Monday, January 13, were approached by a man.

He walked alongside the girls for a short while before grabbing one of them.

A struggle took place and the girls managed to attract the attention of passers by.

The offender then fled in the direction of Nairn Road.

The girls were unharmed but left very shaken by the incident and it is believed that the man may have been in possession of a knife.

The offender is described as being white, around 5ft6 to 5ft 8ins tall, of skinny build and in his early 20s. He has short dark hair, a round face and a clear complexion. He was wearing a black jacket, possibly Superdry, with white writing on it and black tracksuit style bottoms.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and police are appealing for anyone with any information to contact them.

Northumberland Chief Inspector Peter Reeve said: “This is clearly a disturbing incident for the girls. We are speaking to witnesses and doing all we can to identify this man.

“I’d appeal for anyone who was on the cycle track near to Shanklea primary school on Monday evening and who saw anything suspicious to get in touch. If anyone thinks they saw the man we have described, or the two girls, or any suspicious people or vehicles in the area then I’d ask them to contact us as soon as possible.

“We are particularly keen to speak to two men who the victims passed and who they saw carrying squash rackets, these two men may have seen something and could have important evidence. We also want to hear from anyone who might have seen a dark Renault Clio parked in a cul-de-sac of a nearby housing estate near to the school where the incident happened.

“We have extra officers in the local area today speaking to people and carrying out enquiries. We are speaking with the victims and offering them support.

“Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.”