Police are hunting two men who tried to abduct a 13-year-old girl at knifepoint in a “terrifying” ordeal.
The girl was grabbed by the two men as she walked down Granville Gardens in Norbury, south London, during the afternoon of Sunday, February 18.
They forced her into an alley at knifepoint before tying her hands together.
Police say that while the two men were talking and distracted, the girl managed to escape, running into Norbury High Road where she was able to call her family.
The girl was targeted by the two men some time between 2.45pm and 4.20pm after the girl got off a number 250 bus at Green Lanes.
Det Insp Dan O’Sullivan, of Croydon CID, said: “Incidents of this nature are very rare, and officers are doing all they can to identify the individuals and bring them to justice. We have stepped up patrols in the area and have been speaking with the local schools to raise awareness among teachers, parents and young people.
“There is no doubt that this was a terrifying experience for a young girl in broad daylight. It has caused a great deal of anguish for the victim and her family.
“Fortunately, thanks to her quick wit she was able to get away from the suspects and to safety.
Police believe the suspects followed the girl from the bus stop.
Both suspects are described as white. One was aged 18 to 23, around 5ft 9ins tall, with short brown hair, blue eyes and a London accent.
He had a black mask covering half his face, and was wearing a thin black jacket, blue work-style trousers, white trainers and a Nike bag.
The second man is aged 25 to 29, about 5ft 7ins tall, with blue eyes and wearing a black balaclava, grey hoodie, black trousers and white trainers.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Croydon CID on 101.