A schoolgirl has spoken of her harrowing ordeal after she was attacked by a hooded man on a main road in town.
The 16-year-old Aylesbury student was on her way to Army Cadets at the TA Centre on Oxford Road at around 7.30pm on Monday last week, when a man behind her shouted.
The man then grabbed the girl before spinning her round to face him and forcing her up against a nearby bike shed.
A passing cyclist pushed the thug away before he ran off. He then walked her to the safety of the TA Centre.
The teen, who lives on Walton Court, had been dropped off minutes before by her sister outside the Serpentine car park.
The victim, who wants to remain anonymous, said: “When the man shouted at me I thought it was just a friend joking, so I stopped and he grabbed me from behind. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. I’m just so shocked. It’s lucky someone was passing by.
“My parents have been really supportive, but they’re now worried about me going out. I haven’t gone out alone since.
“I want to say thank you to the cyclist who stopped and helped. Who knows what could have happened.”
Meanwhile Aylesbury College, which is across the road from the TA Centre, has put out a warning to all students and staff to stay safe as a result.
The police are also visiting students next week to give a presentation on personal safety.
College principal Pauline Odulinski said: “I’m very concerned if it could affect our students.
“We will be putting measures in place to ensure our students are supported and kept safe.”
Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School will also be putting out notifications to parents, students and staff regarding the incident.
Police are appealing for the good Samaritan who helped the girl to come forward, as he is a key witness in the case.
The thug, who ran off towards Aylesbury town centre after he was interrupted, is described as Asian, about 6ft tall, aged around 18 and wearing a hooded top.
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