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4 October 2011, 12:00
A 46 year old man is charged with attempted kidnap after an attempted abduction of a teenager in Backworth.
It happened sometime between 5pm and 5.20pm when the girl was walking along a grassed area and track near to Eccleston Close, shortly after leaving the Northumberland Park Metro Station.
She was approached by a man who threatened her and asked her to go with him. When she refused he grabbed her and after a short struggle she was able to get away from him.
The man headed off in the direction of the Northumberland Park, Backworth.
The man is described as being in his 50s or 60s with grey hair, which was swept back. He is described as around 6ft 4ins of stocky build and wearing a yellow T-shirt and blue jeans.
DCI Jim McAll said: "This was a frightening experience for the girl but fortunately she wasn't hurt. This man and his clothing are quite distinctive and it may well be he was drunk or had some difficulty walking.
"This is an area locals use to walk their dogs and as a short cut and we are appealing for anyone who may have seen him or recognises this description to get in touch. As part of the investigation there will be extra local officers patrolling in the area."
Anyone with any information is asked to contact North Tyneside Police on 03456 043 043 ext 69191 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.