Attacks linked to sex assaults

Two attacks on women in Wellington earlier this year have been identified as potentially linked to sexually motivated assaults over Easter, police say.

Investigations are continuing into two attacks which happened within 24 hours of each other in the Kelburn-Te Aro area over Easter, sparking fears a repeat offender could be preying on vulnerable young woman in the area.

While there have been no further incidents since then, Wellington Police say two previous attacks have been identified as potentially related.

On March 22, an 18-year-old woman was grabbed by an unknown man on the Boyd-Wilson walkway near Te Aro School at about 10.15pm. She managed to struggle free and run to a friend's place.

A few weeks later on April 10, another 18-year-old woman was approached and grabbed by a man as she walked past the Kelburn Park carpark. She also fought him off and ran to safety.

Detective Senior Sergeant John van den Heuvel said Wellington Police had been working with the victims to investigate similarities between the incidents.

The offender is described as Caucasian aged between 25 and 30.

He is approximately 180cm tall, of a medium build with light-coloured facial hair.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the investigation team on (04) 381 2000 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.