Christchurch police are investigating the attempted abduction of a child in St Martins on Saturday morning.
They say a man parked his red car on Centaurus Rd, got out and approached a 10-year-old girl as she walked along the footpath.
He opened the front passenger door and invited the girl to get in, held her by the shoulder and attempted to pull her towards him.
Police say the girl broke away and ran to her home nearby.
The man is described as 20 to 30 years old, slim, of medium height with short dark hair. His car is believed to have black tinted windows.