A 13-year-old boy has been left severely shaken up after a man lunged out of a bush and attempted to grab him on Monday night.
The teenager was cycling back from Air Cadets at around 9.30pm on Monday 19 October when a man jumped out of the bushes and tried to grab him in the Penhill area of Swindon.
Speaking to Swindon 24, mother of the teen Angie Cheesley said: “My son was cycling home from Air Cadets [on Monday], at around 9.30pm.
“I don’t normally allow him out so late, but he’s sensible and I like to give him some freedom, so I allow him to cycle home.
“He cycled through Queensfield, crossed Cricklade Road and entered a large lit gap in the hedge as it seemed a quicker route home. Although it was a bit darker, you can still see due to nearby street lights.
“As he cycled through the entrance, a white man around five-foot ten-inches tall, aged between 40-50 years, with blonde spiky hair and glasses tried to grab him.
“He was wearing a navy blue tracksuit jacket, dark trousers and dark trainers.
Angie told Swindon 24 how as soon as she found out she left to search for the man herself.
“My son came through the door shaking and sweating and as soon as I’d found out what had happened, I took my dog, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and went to search for him.
“I was on the phone to the police at the same time. I can’t praise the call handler and officers that attended to help enough.
“As a parent, it makes me sick to the stomach. I spent most of the night and morning sat in his bedroom, I didn’t want to leave him, just watching him breathe and being grateful that it wasn’t more serious. I am scared to think what could have happened.”
Wiltshire Police are investigating the incident.