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A man tried to abduct a 16-year-old girl in Hamilton yesterday but was thwarted when she kicked him and fled to a nearby address.
Police are considering whether the attempted abduction on Edgecumbe St about 11am could be linked to an earlier, similar incident.
The girl was walking along the street when she was approached by a man driving a silver saloon car, Acting Detective Sergeant Nick O'Brien said.
"The man has pulled up alongside the girl, called out to her offering her a lift before getting out of his car.
"He has then approached her, taken her hand and upon her pulling away grabbed her waist. The girl has kicked out at her attacker and run to a nearby address to raise the alarm."
The offender was described as a lean, muscular man in his 40s or 50s with dark skin and short dark hair.
He was wearing a black T-shirt with a white design on the chest, dark coloured knee-length shorts and black, red and white sneakers with white laces.
Mr O'Brien said police would like to hear from anyone who saw the incident, a silver saloon car in the area about the time of the attack, or who may know the identity of the attacker.
He said police were considering whether the attack was related to a similar incident reported on Hood St in Hamilton about 6am on Sunday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Hamilton police on (07) 858 6200 or the independent Crimestoppers organisation, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.