Police seek more information on Sockburn sex attack

Police car-Sept2013-02Police investigating an alleged sexual assault in Sockburn on Tuesday morning say there has been an encouraging response to requests for information, but they need more.

Detective Senior Sergeant Darryl Sweeney said several people had come forward with information, and police staff conducting door-to-door inquiries in the area had received a positive response from residents.

“However it’s still extremely important that we hear from anyone who may have seen the offender or any suspicious activity in the area yesterday morning.

“We are also continuing to ask for any information about any suspicious people or anything out of the ordinary that residents may have noticed in the area during the weeks prior to this assault.

“Even incidents that may seem unimportant could have relevance to this case, so we appeal for people to come forward with information as soon as possible.”

The forensic scene examination at the address where the woman was attacked in her home was completed on Wednesday afternoon.

Detective Senior Sergeant Sweeney said police had been speaking with the victim of the assault and her family throughout the afternoon.

“We hope to be in a position to release a more detailed description of the offender tomorrow,” he said.

“Our other priorities tomorrow will be continuing door-to-door enquiries across an expanding area, and working our way through the information received from the public.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Christchurch police on (03) 3637400. People can also provide information anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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