Possible sightings of attacker reported
Police are working their way through a list of suspects as their hunt for a man who raped a young mother in her Christchurch home continues.
''It's a whodunit inquiry and we're desperate for information from the public,'' Detective Senior Sergeant Darryl Sweeney said this afternoon.
Police have been told of possible sightings of the rapist since the sex attack in Sockburn shortly before 10.50am on Tuesday.
Most had been in the city's southwest suburbs of Sockburn and Riccarton.
Officers have been looking for the offender around the clock since the mother-of-two, in her 20s, was attacked. Her 7-month-old baby was present but unharmed.
Police believe the offender tricked his way into her home by claiming he was there to inspect storm damage.
Sweeney would not be drawn on whether a weapon was used.
A large team of police had been working on the investigation, with a focus on door-to-door inquiries.
"The response from the public has been extremely good," he said.
"We have a lot of information that we will continue to work through, but we still need to hear from anyone who has seen a man similar to the description we have released or any other unusual or suspicious activity."
Sweeney said police were interested in the movements of any vehicles in the area that may have seemed suspicious or out of place.
Investigators were visiting commercial premises and making inquiries with bus operators and taxi companies.
He said closed-circuit television footage was being collected from commercial premises, and business owners in the southwest were asked to contact the police if they had any footage available.
Inquiries will continue through the weekend.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Christchurch police on (03) 3637400. Information can be given anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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