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Women spread Facebook warning about accosting
2:00pm Tuesday 12th March 2013 in News
WOMEN are spreading the word on Facebook about a man trying to attack them on Canvey.
The social networking site is being used to warn women about the man who attacked people in Long Road.
Jade Hilton started the warnings after she was approached while cycling along the road.
Since then another woman and a 12-year-old girl have both sent her messages to say that they were approached in similar circumstances.
Miss Hilton said: “A man started following me on his bike and asked me to pull over so he could talk to me. I turned looked at him and realised I had no idea who he was. I carried on going and he kept asking me to pull over I said no. He then got angry and was shouting "pull over now!" He got faster and tried to grab me.”
The woman said the incident happened at about 7.15pm last Monday and she reported it to the police.
She then took to Facebook to spread the word and was shocked other people had also been targeted.
A spokesman for Essex Police said that only one report had been made to officers so far, but encouraged other women to come forward if they have been approached in similar circumstances.
The man is aged 50 to 60, of medium build, and was wearing a distinctive Russain-style hat with flaps to the side. Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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