Police have been contacting Dunstable schools to warn staff, parents and pupils after a 13-year-old girl was approached by a man and assaulted.
They are also appealing for witnesses to come forward following the attack, which happened as she walked along a busy Dunstable town centre street on the morning of Wednesday, March 12.
The incident took place some time between 8.20am and 8.30am when the victim was in Union Street as she made her way to school.
The man approached the girl, grabbed her and tried to drag her back up the road.
Police said the youngster bravely struggled with her attacker and managed to break free before running away and raising the alarm.
Officers attended the scene, but the man had already left the area.
She described him as being tanned, in his late 20s or early 30s, 5ft 4ins tall, of medium build and clean shaven, with chubby cheeks.
He was wearing a black woollen hat with a bobble, blue jeans, black hooded top, blue fluffy gloves and white trainers.
A Bedfordshire Police spokesman said: “Members of the Local Policing Team have contacted schools in the area to warn them of this incident and Bedfordshire Police would encourage everyone to remain extra vigilant.”
If you have information relating to this incident, contact Det Con Mirian Khajavelidze, in confidence, on 01582 394270, the non-emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.