Alleged sexual assault by National War Memorial

TALIA SHADWELL
Last updated 15:01 08/08/2014

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Wellington police are investigating an alleged sexual assault near the central city's Massey University campus.

An 18-year-old woman told police she was sexually assaulted by a man as she walked near the National War Memorial and underpass construction site on Buckle St early on the morning of Sunday, August 3.

Police believe it is an isolated incident. 

The woman told police she was walking home down Buckle St at about 1.30am when a stranger allegedly sexually assaulted her. 

Police do not believe there is a connection between the latest incident and two sexually-motivated assaults near Victoria University at Easter. 

Both Massey and Victoria have been informed of the most recent incident, police said.

Investigators have completed a full scene examination and several items have been seized in connection with the incident for forensic processing, police said. 

"This assault has been very distressing for the victim and we are offering her support. Police want to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time or seen anyone acting suspicious in the area," Detective Senior Sergeant Grant Ferguson said.

He urged vigilance.

"It is unfortunate that there is an element in our society that take advantage of people when they are vulnerable. It is equally unfortunate that people need to be aware of their own safety - at night walk in groups, stick to well-lit areas - that is the reality."

Police did not believe there was any connection with two sexually-motivated attacks near Victoria University over Easter. The attempted assaults near the university's Kelburn Campus on the City to Sea walkway adjoining the Terrace and Boyd-Wilson field remain under investigation.

Detective Sergeant Mark Scott said that police had interviewed suspects in that case and are still making inquiries for more evidence.

Patrols continued to focus on the area and there had been no more attacks reported, he said.

"We are certainly keen if anyone has any more information. We want to solve this case sooner rather than later - we have been putting a lot of effort into it."

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