Hunt for masked men in van who tried to abduct two 14-year-old schoolgirls

Police are hunting two men who tried to abduct a pair of 14-year-old girls as they walked home from school.

The girls were walking along a road in Acocks Green, southeast Birmingham, at around 6.15pm on Friday 3 May when they noticed a van being driven suspiciously.

Although the van drove off, two men appeared moments later and attempted to drag the girls away.

The girls managed to scream for help and a passer-by came to help before the men ran off.

They told police that the men had their faces covered and believed they spoke in a foreign language.

Detective Inspector Jonathan Kiteley said: "This was a disturbing incident involving two young girls and we are making enquiries to trace the white van and the two men.

"I’m also hoping to find the man who helped the girls and scared away their attackers.

"His information may prove vital to the ongoing investigation."

CCTV enquiries are ongoing and officers are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time and those with information to come forward.

Detective Inspector Kiteley added: "We understand incidents like this are a cause for concern.

"I’d like to assure the local community that we’re increasing patrols and liaising with local schools to make sure people feel safe.

"I’d ask children and parents alike to remain vigilant, be aware of their personal safety and to report any suspicious incidents to the police."

If you have information about what happened contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat at anytime between 8am – midnight, or call 101 anytime.

To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting crime number 20BE/105825X/19.

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