Published: 11:33, 28 April 2021
| Updated: 11:39, 28 April 2021
A girl was grabbed by a man who tried to force her to the ground and kiss her yards from a primary school.
The victim was sexually assaulted on her way to a dance class when she passed the junction of Maxwell Road, near Hook Lane Primary School in Welling.
CCTV footage has been released of a man police would like to speak to in relation to the incident
CCTV of the suspect has now been released following the incident which happened at 4.20pm on Friday.
This resulted in the victim suffering visible scratches to her neck.
The suspect is a white male, approximately 30 to 35-years old with curly hair wearing a green Christmas jumper.
The victim managed to escape and ran home.
She phoned her brother to tell him what had happened and her mother was also informed. The victim and her family are being supported by specially trained officers.
Detectives from the South East Safeguarding team are leading the investigation and have released CCTV of a man they would like to speak to in relation to the incident.
Detective Inspector Spencer Thomas said: “I understand that incidents of this nature are both shocking and concerning for the local community.
"I would reassure residents that since this offence was reported to us we have increased uniformed patrols in the area and are working tirelessly to establish the full circumstances of the incident.
“If you have any information about who this person could be, it is vital that you get in touch with us as soon as possible.
"Likewise, if you saw anything suspicious please make contact with us. No piece of information is too small."
If you have any information that could help the investigation call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC providing the reference CAD 5533/23APR21.
Alternatively information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.