A teenage girl was threatened by a man with a knife who tried to grab her on Saturday in Seaton Delaval.
At 8.30pm on Saturday, March 29, a man in a white van tried to grab a 17-year-old girl and threatened her with a knife in Avenue Crescent.
The girl managed to get away and although very shaken was not injured in the incident.
The van the made off and left the area.
The man is described as aged in his 50s or 60s, possibly wearing a hat with ear flaps and gloves, has bushy eyebrows and stubble on his face, wearing black work trousers with pockets on the side and small blue emblem on the pants, a brown jacket that appeared to be leather.
Chief Superintendent Chris Thomson, said: “Understandably this incident left the victim very shaken, although she wasn’t injured or harmed in any way it is still very concerning.
“Officers are carrying out enquiries in order to establish the circumstances of what happened and would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information about the possible identity of the man.
“Extra officers are in the area, both the carry out enquiries and offer reassurance to local residents.”
Anyone with any information should ring Northumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.