CCTV images released after prostitute attacks
Police have released security camera images of a man being sought in relation to two assaults on Christchurch sex workers early on Friday.
The man is shown walking on Manchester St near the Bealey Ave intersection about 3am on Friday, shortly before the first attack. The second attack happened about two hours later.
Detective Sergeant Richard Quested said police want to speak to the man 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 possibiilty that the same offender was involved."
The man was described as Maori or Polynesian, with long straggly hair possibly tied in a ponytail. He was solidly built and was pictured wearing a light-coloured jacket.
One sex worker was sexually assaulted on an empty section in Bealey Ave about 3am. About 5am, another sex worker was punched in the grounds of the St Mary's Pro-Cathedral.