Schoolgirl, aged 13, tied up and forced into alleyway | London

Detectives are hunting two men who tied up a terrified 13-year-old schoolgirl after forcing her into an alleyway.

Police say the girl managed to get away while the men – both believed to be in their twenties – were distracted, and raised the alarm.

Patrols in the Norbury area of south London have been stepped up by local police in the wake of the incident – being treated as attempted abduction – on the afternoon of Sunday February 18th.

Detectives believe the two suspects may have followed the girl after she got off a bus.

There is no doubt that this was a terrifying experience for a young girl in broad daylight.

It has caused a great deal of anguish for the victim and her family.

Fortunately, thanks to her quick wit she was able to get away from the suspects and to safety.

The 13-year-old victim travelled on a 250 bus from Brixton Hill to Norbury on the afternoon of Sunday February 18th.

At some time between 2.45pm and 4.20pm, the girl alighted the bus at Green Lanes, Norbury, and was walking in Granville Gardens when she was approached by two men.

They reportedly forced her into a nearby alley at knifepoint, before tying her hands together.

Whilst the two men were talking and distracted, the victim managed to escape, running into nearby Norbury High Road where she was able to call her family.

– Detective Inspector Dan O’Sullivan, Croydon CID

One suspect is described as a white man, aged 18 to 23, around 5ft 9ins, with short brown hair, blue eyes and a London accent.

He had a black mask covering half his face, and was wearing a thin black Jacket, blue work-style trousers, white trainers and a Nike bag.

The second suspect was white, aged 25 to 29, around 5ft 7ins, with blue eyes, and was wearing a black balaclava, grey hoodie, black trousers and white trainers.

Thankfully incidents of this nature are very rare, and officers are doing all they can to identify the individuals and bring them to justice.

We have stepped up patrols in the area and have been speaking with the local schools to raise awareness among teachers, parents and young people.

We believe the suspects followed the victim from the bus stop, so I would appeal to anyone who may have seen the suspects hanging around that area or walking towards Granville Gardens to come forward.

Any information, no matter how small, could prove vital to this investigation.

At this time, no similar offences have been reported.

– Detective Inspector Dan O’Sullivan, Croydon CID

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