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Woman fights off Gisborne camping attack

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/01/2017

A woman camping in Gisborne has fought off an assault early on New Year's Day and police are now hunting for a man with bite marks on his arm and hand.

Detective Sergeant Stephen Smith described it as a serious and traumatic attack for the 24-year-old victim

It happened at the A&P Showgrounds Park Motor Camp about 12.20am on Sunday after a light-coloured SUV drove in and things were stolen from other campers.

"It is thought the thefts are connected to the assault," Det Sgt Smith said.

One of the SUV occupants entered the woman's tent and attacked her, he said.

However, she fought back and screamed.

Other campers chased the man off before he hopped into the SUV and escaped.

"The victim reported biting his hand and arm, it is possible he has visible bite marks," Det Sgt Smith said.

The man was described as of slim or athletic build and in his late teens or early 20s.

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