Police are seeking this man in relation to assaults on sex
workers in central Christchurch on Friday morning. Photo NZ
Security footage has been released of a man being sought
by Christchurch police over assaults on sex workers early on
The images show a man walking on Manchester Street near the
intersection with Bealey Avenue at around 3am on Friday,
shortly before the first of the two attacks in the central
city. The second attack occurred about two hours later.
Police wanted to speak to the man in relation to at least one
of the attacks, said Detective Sergeant Richard Quested.
"We can't say for sure that the two incidents are linked, but
there are similarities about the descriptions, timing and
locations so we are keeping an open mind on the possibility
that the same offender was involved.
"We are appealing for this man to come forward and contact
police - and for any information from anyone who can help us
identify and locate him."
The man police are seeking is described as a Maori or
Polynesian of solid build, with long, straggly hair, possibly
tied in a ponytail. He was pictured wearing a white or
Police want to hear from anyone who may have seen the
incidents or any unusual activity in the Manchester
Street-Bealey Avenue area around 3am and 5am on Friday.
It is likely a number of people will have been in the area,
including sex workers, but also people travelling to and from
workplaces, Detective Sergeant Quested said.
Police will step up patrols in the area this week to assist
with enquiries and provide reassurance to street workers.
Inquiries are also continuing into the assault on a 34-year
old man in Matipo Street, Riccarton, on Saturday night.
The man was assaulted with a spade, and is now in a stable
condition in hospital.
Police say they have identified four young people who are
believed to have been involved in the assault, and are
following positive leads to find them.
Detective Sergeant Valyn Barrett said police are seeking a
blue 1994 Subaru saloon, registration number ZH8066, which
may have a 'spacesaver' tyre on one of the rear wheels.
Investigators are also asking any witnesses to come forward
in relation to an assault on a 53-year old man in Pateke
A 40-year-old man was arrested and appeared in court on
Saturday charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous
bodily harm. He was remanded in custody to reappear on 17
Anyone with information is asked to contact Christchurch
police on (03)
3637400. Information can also be
provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on