Police are pleased with the response to a computer sketch of a likeness of the man who brutally attacked a woman in Nelson on New Year's Day.
The 62-year-old woman was raped and beaten as she worked alone at the Victory Community Gardens.
The community has rallied to support the woman and to help the police, Detective Sergeant Ian Langridge said.
Langridge said the release of the image generated a lot of information via a police freephone.
"While the information is not startling at this point, we're managing it and working our way through it."
Langridge said several people had already come forward with information which would be investigated further.
He also encouraged the offender to turn himself in and seek help.
Police were continuing to canvass the area and were patrolling Victory and Nelson South.
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