Officers are investigating the attempted abduction of a child in Pitsea yesterday afternoon.

Police were contacted after a man tried to grab a child's hand in Pitsea High Road.

An Essex Police spokesman said: "Police were contacted just before 5pm on Monday, October 12, with reports of concern for a man who was at a bus stop in High Road, Pitsea, at around 4pm and made an attempt to grab a child's hand.

"Anyone with any further information is asked to contact police on 101."