Police in Surrey have renewed their appeal for information after a man attempted to abduct a school girl in Addlestone last month.

The terrifying incident happened on a public footpath near Philip Southcote School in Addlestone on Friday, June 25.

The victim, a young girl, was walking alone in the area around 4.30pm when she was approached by a man who attempted to grab her from over the fence and put his hand over her mouth.

Fortunately she was able to escape before the suspect fled the scene.

Surrey Police said their officers arrived "within 10 minutes of the incident and completed an extensive area search".

However, no-one fitting the suspect's description (see below) was found and police said that due to heavy foot traffic in the area, their specialist dog unit was unable to pick up a scent.

The suspect has been described as White, around 20-30 years old, with short, light brown hair, tall and of medium build.

"He smelt like cigarette smoke and was wearing a dark green jacket, dark blue denim jeans and Nike trainers with a white sole," police said.

Inspector James Wyatt, Borough Commander for Runnymede is helping investigate the case.

"We understand that this was a very worrying incident for local residents and it’s something Surrey Police is continuing to take very seriously," he said.

"We would also like to reassure you that such incidents are extremely rare in Surrey.

"We have been carrying out numerous enquiries to try and identify the suspect. If you witnessed anything, or you have any information which could help, and have not contacted us yet, please do get in touch."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey Police on their website or by calling 101 and quoting incident/crime reference number PR/45210066905.

Alternatively speak with Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.