A Wellington woman was attacked overnight in a student area police are calling "unsafe".
The woman was walking home from the city around 1.55am today in the area of the Terrace, Boyd Wilson Field, near Victoria University, police said.
As she walked up the "City to Sea" stairs from the Terrace into the walkway to the Boyd Wilson field she was attacked by an unknown male.
Police believe the attack was sexually motivated.
The victim screamed and fought off the man, who then ran down towards the Terrace.
The offender was described as caucasian, of medium build, about 180cm tall, with light coloured facial hair, and wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt.
Detective Senior Sergeant Warwick McKee of the Wellington District Crime Squad said police were concerned about the man preying on other women.
McKee said the man been known to lurk around that walkway, which was dark and surrounded by bushes and trees.
"This is not a safe area," he said.
The path was a common route for students as it was near university accommodation.
"I am appealing to women and students not to walk through this area. Please travel home from the city in a taxi or walk with your friends so you are not alone."
Police had increased their presence in the area and would be working with Victoria University to make it safer.
Police asked for anyone who had seen suspicious activity in the area to call them on 04 472 3000 or 0800 CRIMESTOPPER - 0800 274 637.
- The Dominion Post
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