Manhunt after Napier sex attack

The hunt is still on for a man who sexually attacked a young girl in Napier.

There have been no further reported sightings of a man and vehicle seen in the area of the attack on an 11-year-old girl on the Georges Drive greenbelt in Napier a week ago.

A police spokesperson said after the initial incident had been covered in news reports, two people said they had seen possibly suspicious activity in the area near the Japanese bridge, halfway between Ashridge Rd and Chambers St.

The girl was attacked as she walked along the greenbelt around 4.30pm.

Constable Steve Leonard said a woman reported seeing a male fitting the description of the offender driving a white 1980s Toyota station-wagon that day.

The car had a square back and a black registration plate with white writing.

The woman told police the car stopped on Riverbend Rd next to three young boys about 4.15pm on Tuesday.

The boys were seen speaking to the male driver before walking off towards Latham St.

Another person confirmed seeing a male of similar description on Georges Drive at the same time as the incident. He was heading towards Kennedy Rd and looking behind.

The man was described as a Caucasian, clean-shaven, in his early 20s, of slim build and about 1.7m tall.

He had short straight brown hair and brown eyes and was wearing a blue checked long-sleeved shirt, black jeans and a yellow plastic watch on his right wrist.

Mr Leonard appealed for anyone who believed they knew the offender's identity to call the police on 831 0700 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

- Hawke's Bay Today

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