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Teenage girl 'grabbed and pulled' towards man's car in Co Down

Police are investigating after a man grabbed and attempted to pull a 15-year-old girl towards his car in Co Down.

The suspicious approach happened in the Comber Road area of Ballygowan on the evening of Saturday March 7.

The teenager escaped as she kicked the man in the shins.

Police said at around 10pm the teenager left a group of her friends on the Belfast Road in Ballygowan close to a food take away.

She was walking along the Comber Road when a dark coloured car pulled up alongside her - a male driver, the single person within the car, rolled down the passenger window and asked for directions.

The girl replied that she didn't know where it was and walked on. She then heard a car door opening and saw the driver of the car in front of her.

The man grabbed her by the arm and attempted to pull her towards the car. The teenager kicked him in the shin and managed to break free and ran back towards the Belfast Road where she met up with her friends again.

 Detective Constable Owen Nevin said: “The man is described as being in his late 20’s with short, dark hair.  He was clean shaven and wore a dark coloured hooded top and jeans.

The car was described as an old, small saloon type vehicle with a boot and was navy or black in colour.

“Detectives would ask anyone who witnessed this incident or who has any information to contact them at Newtownards  on 101.

"Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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