UPDATE: Information sought after Devonport serious assault

As stated by Detective Senior Sergeant Nick Poland, Waitematā East Investigations Area Manager:

Waitemata Police continue to appeal to the public for information as the investigation continues into an incident at Stanley Bay Park, Devonport on Tuesday 8 February.

At around 8.30pm, a woman in her 30s was seriously assaulted while exercising on a walking track.

Police are working with the victim, who is understandably very shaken by what has occurred to her, and ensuring she has support available to her as well.

Police are appealing for sightings of a male described as of athletic build, clean shaven, in his 40s, and with brown hair.

He is described to have been wearing a black cap, black shorts, a black running T-shirt, and black fabric gloves

Residents around Stanley Bay Park, Jim Titchener Parade, Patuone Place, William Bond Street, and Calliope Road areas are being asked to check their CCTV, and dash camera footage, between 6.00-9.30pm on Tuesday.

Detective Senior Sergeant Nick Poland says Police are treating this incident very seriously and are appealing for anyone with information to contact us.

"This incident has occurred on a popular walking track and we believe there are members of the public who would have been in the area at the time and may have seen suspicious activity or a male fitting this description.

"We are particularly interested in hearing from a couple who were walking their dog through Stanley Bay Park during the time of the assault.

"I would like to reassure the Devonport community that we are treating this matter seriously and we are doing everything we can to identify the offender involved.

We have a team of detectives carrying out a number of enquiries in relation to this assault.

"We have also increased our Police presence in the area and we will continue to do so.

"If you are exercising alone, we encourage you to be alert and aware of your surroundings. We ask the public to be vigilant and if you notice any suspicious activity, call 111 immediately."

Anyone with any information is asked to call Police on 105 and quote file number 220209/0390.

This can be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

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