Girl saved from abductor

ALEXIA JOHNSTON
Last updated 10:39 04/12/2013

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A man is on the run in Timaru after he grabbed a girl from her bike, but was stopped as he dragged her into bushes.

Police said the man approached the 13-year-old girl as she cycled along State Highway 8 near Sir Basil Arthur Park about 8pm yesterday.

Detective Senior Sergeant Marion Neill said the man grabbed the girl from her bicycle and dragged her across a fence into bushes.

A witness from a nearby property went to the girl's aid, and the offender ran off.

The girl was treated by ambulance staff for cuts and bruising and was recovering at home.

Police dogs searched the area but failed to find the offender. A vehicle parked nearby was recovered by police.

Neill said the victim provided police with a "very good" initial account of what happened, and she would be interviewed further today.

Anyone who was in the vicinity of Sir Basil Arthur Park between 7.45pm and 8.20pm, or who has information relating to the incident, can call police on 03-687 9808.

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- The Timaru Herald

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