A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of attempted abduction after a young girl was grabbed near a school.

The girl ran to a friend’s house after the incident in Bramley Way, Angmering.

She called 999 moments after it happened.

Police were called to St Margaret’s C of E Primary School in Arundel Road and a man was arrested shortly afterwards after a search.

Chief Inspector Jon Carter praised the girl for her bravery.

He said: “I’d like to thank the local community for their reaction to the incident and their engagement with officers who were deployed to the scene. This enabled us to make an early arrest.

“I would also like to recognise the bravery of the victim and congratulate her on her quick-thinking in running to a friend’s house and raising the alarm.”

He added: “We will have extra patrols in the area and if anyone has any information or concerns, please speak to my officers, report online or call 101 quoting serial 253 of 24/01.”