Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen a male approach a 12-year-old girl in Hamilton.

The school girl was walking to Whitiora Primary when police said she was "accosted" on Abbottsford Street, near the school grounds.

The alleged offender was seen in a vehicle described as a silver mid-nineties Nissan Pulsar, that also had two other men in the car.

The sedan also had red rose stickers around the driver side on the front guard and there was damage to its rear.

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The man who is said to have approached the girl was described as being of Maori descent, between 30 and 40, short, and wearing a black beanie, white singlet and dark baggy pants.

He was also wearing red and black stripy socks over his pants and no shoes.

Police would like to hear from anyone who has knowledge of the vehicle, or who saw it in the Hamilton area between eight and ten yesterday morning.

In particular police would like to hear from a woman walking a puppy, that resembled a Siberian Husky, around the same time as the incident.

If anyone has any information, please contact Detective Thomas Joubert on 07 8586200.

Alternatively information can be left anonymously with Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.