One man may be responsible for attacks

Last updated 12:17 17/01/2014

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Six indecent assaults on young women in central Auckland could be attacks by the same offender, police say.

The assaults occurred in Ponsonby and Freeman's Bay over a 12 month period, with the last happening on November 12 last year.

In each case, a lone woman was grabbed and indecently assaulted by a man who approached them while walking along the street.

Police said that while they did not know if all the attacks were carried out by the same person, it appeared at least four of the six assaults might be linked.

Detective Senior Sergeant Peter Florence said that while there had been some discrepancies between each victim's description of the offender, police were looking for a fair-skinned Maori or Polynesian in his late teens or early 20s, of slight build and comparatively short, and with noticeably big eyes and short cropped hair.

"As each complaint has come to us they have been investigated based on the information we had at the time and it's only through having a growing number of similar complaints that we are able to determine there may be a connection between them," Florence said.

He called on any other victims the police may not have heard from to contact Avondale CIB.

Florence said it was important people were aware of the risks around personal safety in any city.

"People can reduce the risk of becoming victims of some crimes by walking in well-lit areas where possible, remaining aware of your surroundings by avoiding distractions like earphones, and staying with friends or getting a safe ride home if it's late," he said.

"Police should be made aware of any confrontations or assaults that happen as we can't investigate what we don't know about.

"Also, the more information we have about similar types of offences such as those referred to above, the quicker we can resolve matters."

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