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A mum has told how her terrified teenage daughter was chased down in an "attempted abduction".
The 14-year-old was followed as she walked home from a friend's house in Biddulph, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent Live reports.
When she started to walk quicker, she noticed the man following her also quickened his pace. After the schoolgirl broke into a run, he started chasing her and seized her arm.
Police have launched an investigation into the horrifying incident, which happened at around 5.45pm on Monday (September 7).
Reports say the suspect, believed to be in his late 30s, was wearing a blue hooded coat and dark tracksuit bottoms with white stripes down the legs.
The mum-of-three said: "She was going to head towards Moorland Road through the fields when she noticed this man in a blue hooded coat following her.
"She felt uneasy and started walking faster and when he was still following she broke into a run."
The mum went on: "She thought she had lost him but when she stopped he grabbed her right arm from behind and he was screaming at her. She was so scared she couldn't tell what he was saying.
"She was screaming for him to get off her. She managed to elbow him and wriggle out of his grip and started running again."
The woman added: "She didn't know where she was so she rang her friend's mum who came and picked her up in the car and brought her home to me. She was in an absolute state. She had fear written all over her face."
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She added that there was "apparently a similar incident in nearby Congleton a few weeks back so I'm not sure if they're linked".
The worried mum said: "I don't normally let her walk on her own and then the first time I do, this happens. It's only a 15 or 20-minute walk away and we thought she needed a bit more freedom.
"She's still very shaken but she wanted to go into school as she didn't want to be at home thinking about what happened. The school have got a team looking after her.
"I'd just ask other parents to tell the kids to stick to the main roads and walk in pairs if possible. We also ask anyone with CCTV in the area to get in touch with the police.
"We've been told by the police that incidents like this are very rare, especially in Biddulph."
Staffordshire Police are now appealing for witnesses and CCTV.
A spokeswoman said: "Police are investigating after it was reported that a teenage girl was approached by a man on Thames Drive in Biddulph at around 5.45pm on Monday.
"He is described as tall, in his 30s, wearing a blue tracksuit with the hood up. The girl was not harmed and ran away.
"Officers are carrying out inquiries, including CCTV, to trace the man."
Anyone with information can report online or call 101, quoting incident number 550 of September 7.
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