By SHAUN MILNE
POLICE are hunting a pointy chinned attacker after he tried to snatch a teenage girl and drag her into bushes.
The brute pounced on the 16-year-old in broad daylight on Sunday.
She was walking along Robin’s Lane in the Murieston area of Livingston, West Lothian, at a crossroad of paths leading to the local village hall.
Police said the 6ft tall man – who spoke with a local accent – jumped the girl from behind around 2.35pm.
He grabbed her by the waist and tried to manhandle her into a wooded area, but she fought back desperately, managing to break free.
She then fled her would be abductor and reached safety where she was able to call police.
The brave teen was able to offer a detailed description of her attacker, noting his pointed chin, rounded cheeks, medium build, fact he was clean shaven and that he sported short black hair.
She guessed he was aged in his late 30s or early 40s, worse tinted glasses and had been wearing dark trousers and a dark green zipper jacket at the time.
Police said they were treating the incident “very seriously” and called on the public to help.
A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: “We are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed anything suspicious to contact us immediately.
“Fortunately the girl was unharmed – nevertheless, she was left extremely shaken.
“We are treating this very seriously.”
It was hoped the girl’s ability to give police such good details of the man’s appearance could be key to catching the culprit.
The spokesman added: “Anyone who recognises the description of the male and has information that can assist with our inquiries should come forward.”
They issued a number – 0131 311 3131 – for those looking to help to contact police directly.
Other looking to pass on information anonymously were urged to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.