Police are hunting a man who approached a ten-year-old girl and asked her to board a bus with him in Clapham.
The incident happened at around 3.55pm on Tuesday, 21 May, in Poynders Road.
Met Police said the man approached the girl and began to talk to her, asking for directions.
As a bus stopped, the man asked the ten-year-old to get on the bus with him, and beckoned for her to go with him.
When the girl refused, he began to act as though he were her father and told her that she was ‘being naughty by not getting on the bus’ and ‘obeying him’.
Fortunately the girl's mother was on this bus and confronted the man.
The subject then became irate and began to bang his head against the glass bus shelter prior to walking away.
He was described as black, 5ft 9ins, slim-build, 33-35-years-old and his features were described as chiselled.
He was wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and white trainers. He was carrying a black and red JD rucksack on his back and wearing large black earphones.
Detective Constable Teresa Moore of the Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: “This incident left a young girl feeling very frightened. Thankfully, her mother arrived on the scene to confront this man, but this was clearly a fraught situation and we want to speak to this man as soon as possible. If anyone can identify him, I would ask them to contact police immediately”.
Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC. Quote CAD 6461/21MAY.
To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.
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