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Glove found at Riverhead attack scene

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/03/2017

Police are hoping a glove found at an Auckland quarry following an assault on a woman will help them find the attacker.

Police say the woman woke up in the quarry at Riverhead to find a baseball bat-armed man standing over her on the morning of February 26.

She didn't remember a significant period of time from being with her friends in Ponsonby, on Saturday night until she woke up in the quarry to find she was being attacked.

On Monday, police released a photo of a black glove found at the scene, with the brand "Stanley" on it, along with other unspecified items.

The gloves appeared to only be sold by the Warehouse, but it was possible other retailers were on-selling them, Detective Senior Sergeant Kim Libby said.

"We need to hear from those retailers."

Police are also appealing to any businesses who have staff or contractors who drive a 2008 Ford Mondeo to get in touch.

"Finding that car is crucial to our investigation and to identifying and locating the offender."

They said they had spoken to a man seen talking to victim outside a Mobil station before the attack and had ruled him out as a suspect.

"Detectives have continued to review CCTV footage over the weekend and we have now established that at 1.15am on that Sunday morning, the victim has walked past McDonald's on Great North Road, towards Bond Street," Detective Senior Sergeant Libby said."

Police said the woman was alone and wearing a multi-coloured, sleeveless shift dress. They have asked for anyone who saw her to contact police.

Police last week released a series of CCTV footage, including of the woman walking outside the Mobil on the corner of K and Ponsonby Roads, and of a vehicle they believe was carrying the woman into the Sawmill Road quarry before it sped away, after she had been badly beaten.

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