A 13-year-old girl was dragged off her bicycle and into some
bush by an unknown man in Washdyke, near Timaru, last night,
The attempted abduction was stopped by a nearby resident who
saw the attack and went to the girl's aid.
Detective Senior Sergeant Marion Neill said the girl had been
riding her bike on State Highway 8 near Sir Basil Arthur Park
when she was approached by the man.
A short time later he dragged her off her bike, across a
fence and into an area of bush.
A witness from a nearby address came to her aid and the man
fled on foot.
A police dog team was not able to find him but police were
following "positive lines of enquiry".
Anyone with information about what occurred was urged to
contact Timaru Police on (03) 687 9808 as soon as possible.