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Inquiries continue into Christchurch assaults

Inquiries continue into Christchurch assaults



Christchurch Police are today continuing inquiries into separate assaults over the past few days.

Investigators have released security camera images of a man they are seeking in relation to assaults on central city sex workers early on Friday morning.
The images show a man walking on Manchester Street near the intersection with Bealey Avenue at around 3am on Friday, shortly before the first of the two attacks. The second occurred about two hours later.

Detective Sergeant Richard Quested says Police want to speak to the male in relation to at least one of the attacks.

"We can't say for sure that the two incidents are linked, but there are similarities about the descriptions, timing and locations so we are keeping an open mind on the possibility that the same offender was involved.

"We are appealing for this man to come forward and contact Police - and for any information from anyone who can help us identify and locate him."

The man Police are seeking is described as a Maori or Polynesian of solid build, with long, straggly hair, possibly tied in a ponytail. He was pictured wearing a white or light-coloured jacket.

Police want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incidents or seen any unusual activity in the Manchester Street-Bealey Avenue area around 3am and 5am on Friday.

Detective Sergeant Quested says it is likely a number of people will have been in the area, including sex workers, but also people travelling to and from workplaces.

Police will be stepping up patrols in the area this week to assist with enquiries and provide reassurance to street workers.

Inquiries are also continuing into the assault on a 34-year old man in Matipo Street, Riccarton, on Saturday night.

The victim, who was assaulted with a spade, is now in a stable condition in hospital.

Police say they have identified four young people who are believed to have been involved in the assault, and are following positive leads to locate them.
Detective Sergeant Valyn Barrett says Police are seeking a blue 1994 Subaru saloon, registration number ZH8066, which may have a 'spacesaver' tyre on one of the rear wheels.

Investigators are also asking for any witnesses to come forward in relation to an assault on a 53-year old man in Pateke Place, Bromley.

A 40-year old man was arrested and appeared in court on Saturday charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He was remanded in custody to reappear on 17 March.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Christchurch police on (03) 3637400. Information can also be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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