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Woman the victim of 'disturbing attack'

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/02/2017

A woman subjected to a "disturbing, nasty attack" woke up in a quarry to find a man standing over her with a bat, Waitemata police say.

She had injuries to her head and face and some of her clothing had been removed.

She managed to grab her clothing and flee from the man.

Police say they received a 111 call around 2.12am on Sunday from the woman, who did not know where she was.

Over the next hour, the call-taker kept the woman on the line as inquiries continued to find out her location.

A police officer found her distressed and injured at a timber yard in Riverhead, north-west of Auckland, and with the offender having left the area.

Senior Sergeant Kim Libby says police have a number of inquiries under way and have conducted a scene examination of the site where the assailant took the victim.

"This is a very disturbing, nasty attack on a young woman and we are doing everything we can to find the man responsible," he said.

The woman had been in central Auckland on Saturday night.

CCTV footage shows a man speaking to her around 10.20pm outside the Mobil Petrol Station on the corner of Ponsonby Rd and Karangahape Rd.

"There were lots of people out and about and we want to hear from anyone who was in Ponsonby and recognises this man," Sen Sgt Libby said.

In the footage, the man is wearing a long-sleeve collared shirt, shorts and black or navy Nike sneakers, with the Nike "tick" clearly visible.

Sen Sgt Libby said the woman received serious gashes to her head and face, had a broken thumb and was extremely traumatised.

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