Girl, 9, fights off three masked men who grabbed her in field

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Police are hunting three men who tried to snatch a schoolgirl in Manchester. (Getty)

A schoolgirl has fought off three masked men who grabbed her on a playing field in Manchester.

The men tried to grab the nine-year-old in Blackley on Thursday, but she freed herself and ran away, according to Manchester Evening News.

Greater Manchester Police are now hunting the men involved, and patrols have been stepped up in the area following the incident.

Authorities have launched an appeal for any information and said they would do 'everything they can' to locate the suspects. 

Two of the men are described as white, and the other one as mixed race.

They were all dressed in dark clothing and were wearing face coverings.

Detective Inspector Louise Edwards, of GMP's City of Manchester division, said: "This is a concerning incident and thankfully the child was able to run away from the men.

"I would like to reassure the community that we are doing everything we can to find these men and have increased patrols in the area whilst we investigate.

"We are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed this incident or seen any men in the area matching these descriptions.

"Anyone with information should contact North Manchester CID on 0161 856 1146 quoting incident number 3201 of 01/07/21.

"Information can also be reported online or by using the LiveChat function at www.gmp.police.uk.

"Alternatively, call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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