Three women sexually assaulted in one night

Three women were sexually assaulted in two incidents little over an hour apart in North Dunedin on Friday night.

Dunedin police today released the first details into a sexual assault which occurred in a Dundas St flat between 8pm and 8.30pm.

"Two 19-year-old women were in the same room when a young man walked in and sexually assaulted them both,'' police said.

"The man, who was wearing shorts and a t-shirt, is described as being in his 20s, with short dark hair and dark skin.''

The second incident occurred as a woman was walking towards UniCol on Leith Way about 9.15pm to 9.30pm.

"She was pushed over and sexually assaulted by a Caucasian man in his early 20s. He is described as being of medium build, 180cm tall, with long dark curly hair that was tied back.''

Detective Senior Sergeant Kallum Croudis said police were keeping an open mind about whether the attacks were linked.

"A team of 10 staff is investigating these incidents, scene examinations are complete and the large job of scrutinising CCTV footage is under way,'' he said.

"All three victims are extremely traumatised by what's happened and are receiving strong support.

"Police are conscious of the social media comment regarding these events, but urge anyone who might wish to assist to contact us on 03 471 4800. Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if they wish to remain anonymous.''

He confirmed a large party marking St Patrick's Day was taking place at a flat near the location where the first sexual assault took place.

"The offender may have been in this area around the time of the attack and police would like to hear from anyone who may be able to help identify him,'' he said.

The Dundas St house where the assault occurred was under police guard overnight on Friday and forensics teams in body suits and gloves were seen at the address on Saturday.

The scene examination finished about noon Sunday.

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