A possible attempt to kidnap a nine-year-old girl is being investigated by police in Hereford.1streetThe girl was walking along Staddlestone Circle, Saxon Gate, at 8pm on Wednesday when she was approached from behind by a man. She escaped unharmed and the man left the scene in a van with another man, both thought to have been heading in the direction of Ross Road, police said.

Detective Inspector Martin Taylor, of West Mercia Police, said such incidents “are, thankfully, extremely rare and a robust investigation has been launched”. He added: “Although this is understandably concerning, it is currently believed to be an isolated incident and there is not thought to be any threat to the wider community.”

They particularly want to speak to two men, one of whom is described as white, bald, clean-shaven and aged in his 30s. He is thought to have been wearing a t-shirt, a red white and black checked jacket and blue jeans.

The second man is thought to be black with braided hair and brown eyes. He is believed to be around six feet tall and was wearing a white t-shirt, denim jacket, dark-coloured jeans and brown mountain boots.