DETECTIVES have launched an appeal after a young girl was left upset by a man’s inappropriate behaviour.
The 11-year-old was playing in Moneyfields Avenue, near the Pets At Home store in Burrfields Retail Park, Copnor.
She was approached by a man, and says he spoke to her in an inappropriate way, which left her upset and she ran away crying.
There was no physical contact between the man and girl and she was not injured.
It happened at around 5.20pm yesterday.
Detective Sergeant Colin Heggarty, of Portsmouth CID, said: ‘We have reviewed recent crimes and suspicious incidents, and this report has no specific similarities and no connections to any other cases at this time.
‘I’d like to praise the girl for telling us as much as possible so soon after such an upsetting experience.
‘We’d also like to thank a motorist who stopped and assisted the girl when she appeared upset. The actions of this good Samaritan led to police being called.
‘I appealing for anyone else who was in the area to come forward, particularly if you have information about the identity of this man.’
The man was described, under 6ft tall, with black hair and a beer belly.
He was clean shaven, slightly muscular, with prominent cheekbones. He wore dark clothes and a ring.
Anyone with information should call CID at Fratton police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.