Schoolgirl grabbed by man whilst walking home in Penwortham
Schoolchildren in Penwortham have been advised not to walk home alone after a man grabbed an 11-year-old on Thursday (March 25).
The distressing incident is understood to have happened as the child was walking home from Penwortham Girls' High School in the afternoon.
Lancashire Police has not confirmed the exact location of where the girl was confronted, but reports suggest that the incident happened in Hill Road, near Hurst Grange Park.
The force stepped up its patrols in the area following the incident, with officers providing a reassuring presence on the streets around Penwortham's schools.
Penwortham Girls' High School has informed parents of the incident and has urged its pupils to avoid walking home alone.
In an email to parents, the school said: "An important message has been given to all students this afternoon following an incident outside of school involving one of our students and a member of the public.
"We have advised students to take particular care when walking to and from school and try to walk with a friend.
"Police and school staff will be monitoring the local area."
Lancashire Police has been approached for comment.