A MAN who allegedly sexually assaulted an eight-year-old boy is wanted by police.

The man, described as a white man of average build, short dark hair and facial stubble allegedly approached an eight-year-old boy as he was walking along Higham Road, Brampton Bierlow at 7.30pm on Thursday.

It is reported that the man took hold of the boy by his hips and removed his t-shirt and tried to remove the boy’s shorts when an unknown passer-by started to shout, causing the offender to leave the scene.

The boy wasn’t injured in the incident.

It is believed that this incident may be linked to other on-going investigations in the area and officers are keen to identify the alleged offender.

He is reported to have been wearing an orange short-sleeved top, beige or sandy-coloured trousers which appeared dirty, especially below the knees. The man was not wearing shoes or socks.

Detective Inspector Andy Knowles said: “I would like to reassure the community that we are doing all we can to trace the man involved and this appeal is just one of our lines of enquiry.

“We understand incidents of this nature can be worrying and cause concerns for parents in our community. We are stepping up patrols in the area and will continue to work towards finding the man in connection to this incident.

"I would particularly like to hear from the person who shouted at the male and scared him off.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 quoting incident number 942 of July 18.