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Police investigating sexual attack on 14-year-old girl in Greymouth

Greymouth Police are investigating a sexual attack on a 14-year-old girl on a wilderness track in Greymouth.

A 14-year-old girl has been sexually attacked by a man off a walking track in Greymouth.

Detective Sergeant Kirsten Norton said Greymouth Police are investigating the attack, which happened around 5pm on January 16.

The attack took place on the West Coast wilderness trail, in the Blaketown area near the aerodrome, Norton said.

"She was walking south when she was attacked from behind by an unknown male and sexually violated in an area off the track.

"We'd like to hear from anyone who may have been in this area around that time, particularly anyone who has witnessed a man behaving suspiciously."

Police would also like to speak with anyone who saw the girl running between the Wilderness trail and the New World supermarket on High St.

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"She was not wearing running gear and this may have been noticed as odd," Norton said.

They urged anyone with information to come forward, "even if you consider it minor, [it] may be vital to our investigation".

Police were working closely with the victim and her family and providing support.

"We are increasing our patrols in the area as a result of this awful attack but urge people to remain vigilant."

* An earlier version of the story mistakenly reported the attack happened in February.

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