THIS is the first e-fit of the man suspected of trying to snatch a 12-year-old girl just across the Sutton border. A Sutton police spokesman said the man grabbed the girl and said 'Come with me,' in an alleyway off Meller Close, Carshalton, on Sunday at 5.45pm. The girl managed to struggle free by slipping out of her hooded jacket. The police spokesman added the man had followed the girl as she walked along Guy Road from its junction with Croydon Road. He said: "As she crossed the footbridge from Guy Road over the River Wandle into open land bordering a block of flats, the man walked passed her and was waiting for her as she turned the corner into the alleyway towards Meller Close." Det Insp Sarah Rees, who leads Sutton's CID, urged anyone who may know this man to come forward. She said: "We also want to hear from anyone who hasn't yet come forward, who was in this area at this time, to tell us what they saw. "We are particularly keen to speak to a man with grey hair who was looking out of a window in the Meller Close flats, which overlook Beddington Park, who may have seen the offender." She added: "As part of our enquiries, we spoke to members of the travelling community who were at Beddington Park. They were happy to help. "The travellers and other members of the public have given us some useful new lines of enquiry." The suspect is described as a white man, aged 30, 6ft 3in tall and of slim build. He spoke with a local accent and had a bald head. Police are not linking the attempt with an incident in Coulsdon last Thursday in which a man tried to lure a girl into his car. If you have any information, contact Sutton CID on 020 8649 0747. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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