Two men tried to grab a 10-year-old girl as she walked home from school with friends on Monday afternoon in Old Town.
Schools in the area have alerted parents about the incident which happened at around 3.45pm in Northiam Road.
The schoolgirl has told police she distinctly heard one of the men shouting at the other to grab her.
She ran and hid until the men disappeared.
One of the men was in his 40s with dark hair and a stubbly beard.
The second man was in his 60s with white hair.
Both were over 6ft.
One was wearing a white t-shirt and blue trousers and the second was wearing a black coat and black trousers.
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