Attacker ‘tried to pull girl, 12, off her horse and kidnap her’ as she rode alone through woods in Manchester
- Girl, 12, approached as she rode horse alone in woods in Greater Manchester
- Man tried to grab reins of the horse but caused the animal to bolt off with girl
- He was described as being aged in his late 20s, 6ft 2ins, with dark skin and beard
- Police have confirmed they are investigating and appealed for witnesses
A man attempted to pull a 12-year-old girl off a horse as she rode alone through woodland.
The girl was out on the horse in Tottington Lines, near Manchester, at around 3pm when she was approached by a man blocking her path.
The man said he wanted to speak to her but when she tried to get away he grabbed the horse’s reins, causing the animal to run off, carrying the girl to safety.
Greater Manchester Police confirmed they were investigating the incident after it was reported to them on December 22.
The girl’s mother, who wishes to remain anonymous, revealed she believes the man was trying to pull her daughter off the horse after speaking to her about the incident.
She told the Manchester Evening News: ‘It was good the horse bolted off, he didn’t stop until she got back to the yard.
‘She hasn’t lost her confidence, but I don’t think she will go out on her own again. The stable owner is not letting people go riding on their own until he is caught.
A spokesman for GMP told MailOnline: ‘We were called just before 3.40pm on December 22 to reports that a 12-year-old girl had been approached by a man on Tottington Lines before he said something to her and grabbed the reigns of her horse.
Greater Manchester Police confirmed they were investigating the incident (file picture)
‘The girl and the horse left shortly after and police were called.’
The attacker was described as being aged in his late 20s, around 6ft 2ins tall with dark skin and a beard and ‘scratches over his face’.
He was wearing a black hoodie and said to be ‘missing teeth’.
Any witnesses or anyone with further information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.