City attacks analysed by police

Last updated 13:00 11/02/2013

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Nelson detectives are liaising with forensic scientists to analyse evidence gathered following two violent attacks on women in central Nelson.

Detectives worked through the weekend investigating two sexual assaults that occurred in the Bridge St area of the city last week.

Detective Sergeant Lex Bruning said area inquiries had been completed and police were liaising with ESR on the evidence gathered.

Police would still like to hear from anyone who has information relating to the attack on an 18-year-old woman near Queen's Gardens on Sunday, February 3, or last Thursday evening's attack on a woman in her 40s near Normanby Bridge.

Police would also like to hear from anyone who has been approached by a man who was acting suspiciously in that area of town in recent weeks.

The offender in the attack on the woman in her 40s was described as Caucasian, about 170cm (5ft 7in) tall. He was of medium build, with short hair, and was thought to be in his 20s. He was wearing dark blue, baggy jeans which had a tear on the seat, and a grey, long-sleeved, zip-up hoodie.

On February 3 about 1am an 18-year-old was grabbed from behind, dragged into Queen's Gardens area and raped.

Anyone with information is asked to call Nelson police, 546 3840, or anonymously call Crimestoppers, 0800 555 111.

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- The Nelson Mail

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