POLICE are on patrol in Wash Common searching for a man who grabbed a teenage girl as she walked to school this morning.
The 14-year-old was walking through Lewis Walk, leading to Battle Road, when she was grabbed from behind by a man.
She managed to escape his grasp and was not injured during the assault, which occurred at around 8.10am.
The man is described as white, slim, aged 30-40 years old, 5ft 10ins with blonde hair and a fringe and blue eyes. It is thought he had a dog with him.
Inspector Peter Edwards from Newbury police station said: “Fortunately the victim was not injured during this incident but obviously she was frightened by the experience.
“We are working to establish the exact circumstances of the incident and we are doing everything we can to trace the offender and ascertain what happened.
“There are officers on patrol in the area at present and I would ask anyone with any concerns, or who has any information about the incident, to speak to them or call 101.”
If you have any information please contact the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.