'Same man' in two sex worker attacks
Police now believe two assaults on sex workers in central Christchurch are likely to be linked.
Security camera images of a possible suspect were released by police on Monday, but Detective Sergeant Richard Quested said police had garnered no new leads since the incidents happened during the early hours of March 7.
The first incident involved a sexual assault against a sex worker on an empty section on Bealey Ave, between Manchester and Madras streets, about 3am.
About two hours later, a second sex worker was punched in the grounds of the St Mary's Pro-Cathedral, next to St Mary's School on Manchester St.
''We think they are [linked] now. We think it's likely to be the same person,'' Quested said.
The two victims had been formally interviewed, and officers were now working through a list of suspects.
Police were also waiting for the results of forensic tests, but that could take ''weeks'', Quested said.
The man in the CCTV images released by police was described as Maori or Polynesian, with long straggly hair and of solid build, and police were still appealing for information about his identity.
Anyone who knew the man or who might have witnessed either incident on March 7 was asked to contact Christchurch police on 03 363 7400. Alternatively, information could be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.