Man attempted to lead girl, 12, away from school

Deans High School

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A MAN is being hunted by police after attempting to lead a 12-year-old girl away while she was waiting for her parents outside a school.

He approached the girl at 7.20pm on Tuesday outside Deans High School in Livingston.

Police said the man – who may have been drunk – made no attempt to force the girl to go with him.

He had a local accent and is described as white, in his early 30s, and of medium build with brown hair.

He had chapped lips and sores on the corner of his mouth and was wearing a black ‘Adidas’ hooded jacket, grey jogging bottoms, black ‘Nike’ trainers, possibly Air Max type.

DC Stevie Telford, of Police Scotland, said: “Fortunately, this man made no attempt to force the girl away, and did not pursue her when she moved away from him, and it is possible he was simply drunk and not fully aware of what he was doing.

“It is important, however, that we trace and speak to him as soon as possible, and that parents and guardian put robust transport arrangements in place to ensure children do not come to any harm while waiting to be picked up.”