Police are appealing for witnesses after a man tried to abduct a young woman by forcing her into his car in Lower Hutt last night.

The woman was walking north on Randwick Road toward the Moera shopping area when a man got out of the passenger side of a parked black car at about 7pm.

He grabbed her by the shoulders and tried to force her into the car, Detective Iain Burns of the Hutt Valley CIB said.

She describes the man as Maori, with short dark hair and beard, wearing dark sunglasses, black track pants and black jersey. He walked with a noticeable limp.

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Anyone with information should contact the Lower Hutt Police on (04) 560 2600 or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.