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Ute a police focus in Dunedin sex assaults

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/03/2017

A four-wheel-drive ute is a focus of police investigations into two sexual assault incidents on the same night in Dunedin.

The incidents happened in a Dundas Street house and on Leith Way on March 17.

Detective Senior Sergeant Kallum Croudis says police are appealing for sightings of a dark-coloured, late model 4-wheel-drive ute, possibly a Ford Ranger, that Friday night.

The vehicle was parked on Albany Street across the road from Leith Liquor about 9.20pm.

Det Sen Sgt Croudis says that area of town would have been busy at the time.

Police earlier said they were keeping an open mind as to whether the two incidents were connected.

The first, at the Dundas St house, happened between 8pm and 8.30pm, when a man sexually assaulted two 19-year-old women who were in the same room.

The man, who was wearing shorts and a t-shirt, was described as being in his 20s, with short dark hair and dark skin.

The second incident happened on Leith Way about 9.15pm to 9.30pm.

A woman walking north towards University College student accommodation was pushed over and sexually assaulted by a Caucasian man in his early 20s.

He was described as being of medium build, 1.80m tall, with long dark curly hair that was tied back.

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