A TEENAGE girl was terrified by a man who tried to get her into his car.
The 14-year-old had to run off and hide behind a wall as the man turned aggressive in the incident in Huddersfield Road, Skelmanthorpe, close to Shelley College.
Now the girl’s mother has urged anyone who may have seen the man to come forward and contact police.
The girl was approached by the man as she walked close to the college on Monday, at about 8am.
She was on her way to a school placement at a local nursery in Skelmanthorpe when the car pulled up.
The man, who had a fleece jacket pulled up around the lower half of his face, offered her a lift but then turned aggressive when she refused.
Her mother said: “He screamed abuse at her and demanded she get into the car.
“She was absolutely terrified but she managed to run off.
“She ran up the road and hid, but saw the man drive up and down the road before he drove off.”
The teenager rang home and was collected by her dad before the matter was reported to police.
The girl’s mother added: “She was left terrified by what happened and it doesn’t bear thinking about how bad it could have been.
“My husband ran her to the bus stop and she normally meets a friend on the bus but was alone this week.
“I want to warn others that this man is about and tried to abduct a girl.
“It happened fairly close to Shelley College and I spoke to staff there to tell them what had happened, so they can warn students.”
Police are investigating the incident.
They confirmed they were called at 8:40am on Monday to reports of a
man acting suspiciously in a vehicle on Huddersfield Road in Skelmanthorpe.
Inspector Nick Harvey of the Kirkburton Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We take reports of such incidents very seriously.
“Local officers are aware of this incident and will be paying particular attention to similar vehicles during their patrols of the area.
“I would request that any witnesses or anyone with information about the vehicle or the identity of the driver contact us immediately on 0845 6060606 or via the NPT on 01484 436898.”
The man was thought to be in his 20s with dark hair and drove a silver-coloured car.