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Police flooded with Riverhead attack calls

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/03/2017

Police say they've received dozens of calls and messages about a "vicious" assault on a woman at an Auckland quarry.

Police this week released CCTV footage they believed showed a vehicle carrying a woman into the Sawmill Road quarry on Sunday morning before it sped away after she had been badly beaten.

They said the woman may have been drugged and attacked before she came to in the quarry at Riverhead to find a baseball bat-armed man standing over her, calling the attack "disturbing" and "nasty".

Police now say they've received more than fifty calls in addition to messages on their Facebook page.

"Detectives continue to work through the information provided," Detective Senior Sergeant Kim Libby said.

"We're still after any information about the car seen driving into and leaving the quarry."

Police said experts have suggested the car may have been a 2008 Ford Mondeo but were keeping an open mind.

They are also still trying to identify and locate the man seen talking to the victim outside the Mobil station on the corner of Ponsonby and K Roads earlier in the evening.

The woman had been out with friends in Ponsonby prior to the attack and does not recall anything from the time she was with her friends until the time that she woke up in the quarry.

She suffered serious gashes to her head and face, had a broken thumb and was extremely traumatised.

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