Police in the UK are making a fresh appeal for information after a 13-year-old girl was sexually assaulted.
The incident took place in Blackburn on Wednesday, June 14.
Newly released CCTV footage shows the teenager walking down the road and being followed by a young man who tries to engage her in conversation.
As the young girl tries to run away, the man chases her before grabbing her from behind.
The girl was able to break her attacker’s grip by punching him before running away. Police are now looking with anybody with information regarding the man in question to come forward.
Detective Constable Lisa Bennett said: “This is a shocking incident where a 13-year-old girl has been sexually assaulted by a man who caught up with her as she walked along the pavement and began to talk to her before grabbing her from behind.
“Thankfully she was able to fight the man off and run away.”
Detective Bennet said that the investigation remains ongoing and they are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time or recognises the man from the footage.
"It is vital that we trace this man and if you can help us with our enquiries then please get in touch with us as soon as possible.”
The man is described as Asian, approximately 20-years-old, of slim build with black hair and black rimmed glasses.
Anyone with information is being urged to contact police on (UK number) 101, or Crimestoppers on (0044) 800 555 111.