Police have stepped up patrols after a man approached a girl on her way to school.
The 13-year-old was walking along a footpath near Chorley Cricket Club at around 8.15am on Thursday when the man grabbed her lower back, before running away.
“We understand that residents will be concerned but I would like to reassure them that these types of incidents are very rare.”Insp Charlie Cox
An investigation has been launched by police but no arrests have yet been made.
And they have insisted that incidents like this are rare.
Insp Charlie Cox, from Chorley police, said: “We understand that residents will be concerned but I would like to reassure them that these types of incidents are very rare.”
Officers have increased patrols as a result of the incident, which coincided with schools closing for summer holidays.
Insp Cox said: “We have had the immediate response team and our neighbourhood patrols in the area, both high visibility and in plain clothes.
“Then in the evenings, because of it being the summer holiday, we will have more visibility in public space areas such as parks.”
He gave advice for parents and children concerned about what had happened.
Insp Cox said: “I would encourage people, if they are concerned for kids, make sure they can tell an adult, contact us if they are concerned about any incidents that have happened and keep in safe areas that are well lit, particularly when it’s darker.”
He continued: “What we don’t want to do is scare people. At the end of the day, they are rare these types of incidents and we don’t want to discourage people from going out. We want people to feel safe in the areas they are in.”
The man involved in the incident was described as white, approximately 5ft 9ins tall, in his late 30s, and of medium to heavy build with short dark brown hair.
He was believed to have been wearing a white/orange short-sleeved shirt, jeans, possibly a brown belt and brown shoes.
Anyone with information about the man or what happened is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.