Girl, 13, found injured, distressed and confused in Leyland

Posted on - 11th October, 2023 - 5:31pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, Leyland, Preston News, South Ribble News
Blue light from a police car Pic: South Ribble Police
Pic: South Ribble Police

A 13-year-old girl was found with injuries and in a ‘very disorientated state’ by a dog walker in Leyland last week.

Police are looking for witnesses who saw the teenage girl in a distressed state last Thursday (October 5).

The girl was found by the dog walker in a very disorientated state and with significant bruising to her legs at around 7.30pm close to Tesco.

The girl later told police that she could not remember much prior to this and had no idea how or why she had ended up injured or so disorientated. Police say it is thought she had been walking in the Canberra Road and King Street areas before she was found.

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The dog walker who found her reportedly sought help and was able to get her home to her parents, however did not leave his name. Police would now like to speak to him for more information and are asking him to call.

Police are also asking to speak to anybody who saw the girl between around 5.30pm and 7.30pm who can help them piece together a timeline of what may have happened. She is described as white, of slim build, around 5ft tall, with long brown hair which was tied in a ponytail. She was wearing pale blue shorts, a black Nike top and black, grey and pink trainers.

Det Sgt Andrew Causey, of Lancashire Police’s South Division, said: “We appreciate this is quite a vague appeal but the girl was injured and very confused, with little memory of the previous two hours, so we need to establish what has happened and ascertain whether anything criminal took place.

“She knows that around 5.30pm she met some friends close to Tesco but can remember very little from then until she was taken home.

“Anybody who saw her and can help us is asked to get in touch. Similarly, if anybody thinks they know who the good Samaritan was – or if they see this appeal – we would ask them to get in touch.”

Anybody with information should call 101, quoting log 1548 of October 5th. Alternately you can visit this page and request contact from Det Sgt Andrew Causey.

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