Emma Carlile has been praised for her bravery and quick thinking (Image: Rik Carlile)

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A teenager has stopped a stranger from taking away a schoolgirl after he claimed to be her "dad's mate".

Emma Carlile, 15, saw a man approaching a young girl as she walked home from school in Wallasey, Liverpool.

She became worried because of the man's attitude and thought there was something wrong.

Emma said the man told the 11-year-old girl: "I'm your dad's friend, don't you remember me? I've been to your house before."

She understood the girl was scared, and so kept her eyes on them before deciding to intervene, the Liverpool Echo reports.

The schoolgirl told the man she didn't know him, but he continued insisting that he was her friend's dad.

The 11-year-old girl was returning home from school in Wallasey when she was approached by a man

At one point, she tried to get her phone out, but the stranger said: "No you don't need to ring anyone, you know who I am, I'm your dad's mate."

After following them around the corner, Emma decided to say something that would stop the man from taking away the girl.

Emma's dad Rik told the Liverpool Echo: "She shouted the first name that came into her head, she said – 'Hey Bethany! Dad will be home tonight from police training'.

"Apparently the girl looked at her and just opened her eyes wide as if to say thank you. She said she looked startled."

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Emma said that as soon as she started shouting over to the girl, the man walked quickly away down towards Wallasey Village train station.

Rik said the girl thanked his daughter and Emma told her to make sure she got home safe and share what had happened with her parents.

The man was described as around 6ft tall with short grey hair and stubble, of large build, wearing a green t-shirt and black trousers.

Rik reported the frightening incident to police and then published a post on Facebook to warn other parents about what happened.

After Emma's intervention, the man started walking away towards Wallasey Village train station
(Image: Google Street View)

The post received hundreds of comments from parents praising Emma for her "quick thinking" and "bravery".

One woman posted: "Well done to your daughter, this is such an amazing thing she’s done you must be so proud."

Another replied: "Well done to your daughter, she has potentially just saved that young girls life. Amazing what a credit to you x."

Another parent posted: "Wow! Such a brave clever girl! Well done!"

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And another commented: "Well done to your daughter. Fab quick thinking. So brave. Scary to think what could of happened."

Rik said he was immensely proud of Emma, but she doesn't believe she has done anything out of the ordinary.

The dad added: "When you speak to Emma about it she's really blasé, and she's just like I could see she was uncomfortable.

"I told her again this morning, you could have saved that girl's life, you just don't know."

A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: "We received a third party report from a member of the public at 6.45pm yesterday, Tuesday June 15, that earlier that day a female walking through Wallasey village had been approached by an older male who had put his arm round her.

"A teenager approached the pair and spoke to the female and the man walked away in the direction of the train station.

"Neither the female or the male have been identified at this stage."