A TEENAGE girl managed to fight off her attacker after she was grabbed while walking along a bridleway.
The 14-year-old was walking near some horse stables between Mengham Lane and Salterns Lane, Hayling Island, at about 9.30pm.
She saw a man approaching her and as she walked past he grabbed her wrist.
The girl kicked the man and managed to get free, running off towards Salterns Lane.
The man left in the direction of Mengham Lane.
Police said the attack, which happened on Saturday, had left the girl distraught.
Detective Inspector Wendy Priston, from Waterlooville CID, said: ‘This incident has left the young girl very understandably shaken and upset. While she did not come to any harm, we are very keen to track down this man quickly, as this kind of behaviour is completely unacceptable.
‘We would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time to come forward if they saw a man fitting the description. From the victim’s statement we believe that at least one member of the public was using the bridleway around the time of the incident, and they may be able to provide us with vital information.’
The suspect is described as white, about 40 years old, of skinny build, around 6ft tall, with long messy hair that reached just below the ears and was white or grey. He was unshaven and wore a black hooded jumper with a front double pocket and baggy jeans.
Det Insp Priston added: ‘This kind of incident is extremely rare, but residents should take precautions when walking out at this time of night.’
Call police on 101.