Detectives are appealing for information after a girl was sexually assaulted on the way to a dance class in broad daylight.
The girl was approached by a man who grabbed her and tried to force her to the ground and kiss her in Welling, south east London, according to police.
She was left with visible scratches to her neck after the sexual assault at about 4.20pm on Friday.
The victim managed to escape the suspect and ran home, phoning her brother on the way to tell him what had happened.
Her mum was also informed and the victim and her family are being supported by specially trained officers.
Detectives have now released CCTV of a man they would like to speak to in relation to the incident.
The suspect was described as a white male, about 30 to 35-years old, with curly hair and wearing a green Christmas jumper.
Detectives from the South East Safeguarding team are leading the investigation.
Detective Inspector Spencer Thomas said: “I understand that incidents of this nature are both shocking and concerning for the local community.
“I would reassure local residents that since this offence was reported to us we have increased uniformed patrols in the area and are working tirelessly to establish the full circumstances of the incident.
“If you have any information about who this person could be, it is vital that you get in touch with us as soon as possible.
“Likewise, if you saw anything suspicious please make contact with us. No piece of information is too small.”
If you have any information that could help the investigation please call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC providing the reference CAD 5533/23APR21.
Alternatively information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.