/Grabbing of nine year-old girl in Blackley being treated as an assault

Grabbing of nine year-old girl in Blackley being treated as an assault

The grabbing of a young girl on a playing field in north Manchester is being treated as an ‘assault’ police have said today.

It comes as efforts to trace the culprits continue and patrols are stepped up in the area of Blackley where the ‘concerning’ incident occured on Thursday evening.

The girl was playing on a field off Earby Grove at around 9:40pm when she was approached by three men, police said.

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They took hold of her, however, she managed to struggle free, run away and raise the alarm.

Officers attended and an investigation was launched.

In an update issued today, a Greater Manchester Police (GMP) spokesman said the incident is “not believed to be sexually motivated or an attempted abduction and is being treated as an assault at this time.”

No arrests have yet been made he added.

But detectives have said said they are ‘doing all they can’ to trace them.

And any witnesses or anyone with information is being asked to urgently come forward.

Two of the men were white, police said, with one being of mixed race.

All of them were wearing dark clothing and face coverings

Patrols have now been increased in the area to provide reassurance.

Patrols have been stepped up in response to the incident
(Image: Manchester Evening News)

Detective Inspector Louise Edwards, from GMP’s City of Manchester division, said yesterday: “This is a concerning incident and thankfully the child was able to run away from the men.

“I would like to reassure the community that we are doing everything we can to find these men and have increased patrols in the area whilst we investigate.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed this incident or seen any men in the area matching these descriptions

“Anyone with information should contact North Manchester CID on 0161 856 1146 quoting incident number 3201 of 01/07/21.

“Information can also be reported online or by using the LiveChat function at www.gmp.police.uk.

“Alternatively, call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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