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North Wales Police steps up patrols after assault on schoolgirl in Northop

POLICE have stepped up patrols in Northop to reassure residents after an assault on a schoolgirl.

Just after 8am on Friday, police in Mold were alerted to the incident where the 12-year-old was grabbed on the shoulder by a man as she walked along High Street near the Red Lion.

The girl continued walking and saw the man walk off toward the car park of the pub.

She was not hurt in the incident, but was left shaken.

North Flintshire Inspector Iwan Roberts said: “As a result of this incident we have increased police presence in the village at the appropriate times to provide reassurance to the community.

“I would urge anybody who sees anything suspicious to contact us.”

Police said inquiries are under way to trace the man, who is described as white, between 5ft 3ins and 5ft 6ins tall, with short black ‘scruffy’ hair.

He was wearing a black outdoor-style coat which had the zip half open.

The sleeves of the coat were long, reaching to the man’s knuckles. He is also described as wearing baggy jeans and black trainers, which are believed to have had three velcro strips across the front.

The man also had a transparent carrier bag in his hand, which had green writing on it.

A letter was sent out to parents of pupils at Ysgol Owen Jones in Northop to make them aware of the incident.

Inspector Roberts said increased patrols in the area would continue until the end of the week when the situation would be reassessed.

A spokesperson for the girl’s school said: “The student involved acted quickly and sensibly to raise the alarm.”