Passengers leap off Portsmouth bus to help schoolgirl approached by man

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Passengers leapt off a Portsmouth bus to help a schoolgirl as a man tried to lure her away today

The girl, a pupil at Portsmouth Academy for Girls, was on her way to school when a man approached her at a bus stop in Kingston Road, Buckland.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokeswoman said the incident happened about 8am.

She said bus passengers who saw the incident happening got off their bus and approached the man because the girl looked like she was in distress.

The man then fled the scene.

The spokeswoman said: ‘At 8.03am we received a report of a suspicious incident between a man and a teenage girl.

‘Passengers on a bus were alarmed for her welfare and they left the bus to intervene and the man made off.’

The spokeswoman said that although the man did not get physical with the girl, she was upset by the man’s behaviour

She said: ‘He didn’t touch her, he was just speaking to her, but obviously the girl has been left distressed.’

Staff from the Portsmouth Academy for Girls posted a message to parents on their website this morning.

The message read: ‘A pupil from PAG was approached by a young male at a bus stop on London Road this morning (22/7/14), who invited her to go home with him.

‘Fortunately people on a bus saw this and contacted the police, who are now dealing with the incident.

We are relieved that the girl behaved so sensibly, and would ask that you remind your daughters of “stranger danger” as we will be doing in school.

‘Should we have any further information we will publish it on the school website.’

The Hampshire Constabulary spokeswoman said anyone who might have more information about the incident or other suspicious activity in that area to report it to the police on 101.