A 12-year-old girl was grabbed by a man as she walked to school in County Durham.
The girl was walking near to the junction of Bedburn Drive and Hollywell Grove in Bishop Auckland.
The man approached her from behind and grabbed her around the waist. She broke free and ran to school where she raised the alarm.
Police want to speak to the owner of a dark or black Citroen C1 car seen close to the scene of the incident.
Durham Police said it had a distinctive red and white circular logo on the bonnet.
The attacker is thought to be between 30 and 40 years old, 5ft 10in tall with dark hair.