Police officers in Norwich are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a nine-year-old girl was grabbed by a man and dragged from a park.1parkThe girl was playing in Pointers Field, off George Pope Road, just before 4.30pm yesterday. A suspect dragged her from the park into a wooded area, but she managed to break free. She was not injured.

The suspect, who left the scene on foot, is described as white, aged between 25 and 35, and between 5ft 10 and 6ft tall. He is of medium build, with facial hair, and was unkempt and scruffy in appearance.

Inspector Nik Hewitt said: “We are in the early stages of our investigation and while I understand the details of the incident will cause concern among the community, I would like to stress the motive of this attack remains unclear and incidents of this nature are rare in Norfolk.”