A SPECIFIC witness is being sought by police after a 10-year-old boy was nearly abducted in Bracknell.

The incident happened on the afternoon of December 18 when the victim was walking along the footpath on Mendip Road.

A man grabbed his arm, but he managed to run away across Nuthurst before raising the alarm at around 3.35pm.

Thames Valley Police would like to speak to a woman, who is believed to have been in the area at the time.

Detective constable Michele Green, of Maidenhead Force CID, said: “Detectives are investigating this incident and would like to speak to anyone who witnessed what happened or has any information.

"After the boy left the alleyway and was crossing Nuthurst, he passed a woman with two young children.

“I would like to appeal to this woman and anyone else who was present in the area to come forward as they may have information which could assist our investigation.

“Following the incident there have been increased patrols in the area.

"People in the community can approach and speak to an officer if they wish to raise any issues.”

The offender is described as white, aged between 50 and 60 years old, approximately 6ft, and had a slim to medium build.

He had messy short black hair with what appeared to be mud in it, a grey beard and was wearing a blue waterproof coat.

If you have any information about the incident please call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 quoting the reference 43180386817 or you can make a report online.

If you do not wish to speak to police, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.