A TEENAGE girl fought off a man who tried to grab her from the street in broad daylight and stuff her into his white van.
The 15-year-old was walking down Priory Street in Colchester, Essex, at 3pm on Wednesday
when she was saw a white van, which could have been a Ford Courier or Renault Kangoo.
Suddenly one of the two men inside the vehichle jumped out and grabbed her arm firmly.
In a bid to get away she kicked the man who in his surprise let her go.
She then ran ahead and luckily managed to get away without any injuries.
Essex Police are now hunting for the man and have asked anybody who saw the assault to contact them on 101.
The incident happened in Priory Street in central Colchester
The incident came after schools and parents were put on high alert after men in white vans were seen in March trying to abduct boys in three separate incidents within miles of each other in Kent.
In one incident the transit van pulled up at the side of the road before a terrified 10-year-old was ordered to get in.
The boy ran off and told his parents, who called the police.
The next day another 12-year-old boy was chased by what police believe to be the same man at 3.40pm.
Witnesses saw the incident where the man jumped out the white van and tried to grab the boy, who had left Hugh Christie secondary school in Tonbridge, Kent, before travelling on a bus to Sevenoaks.
The girl managed to kick the man and run away
Police in Colchester have put the community on alert after the incident
They say the driver “slammed on his brakes” before running after the boy, who managed to escape.
Police say the man was not known to either of the boys.
And almost exactly a month ago parents in Hull were warned after a man on a mountain bike tried to kidnap three girls in just two days.
The 13-year-old girls were approached by a man in separate incidents, with one girl being picked up and carried a short distance before a dog walker stumbled upon the incident and the man fled.