Woman sexually assaulted in street

POLICE are searching for a man who sexually assaulted a woman in downtown Lismore in the early hours of Saturday morning.

At about 4.30am on Saturday, a 37-year-old woman was walking along Zadoc St, near the intersection with Dawson St, when she was grabbed from behind by a man.

She was physically and sexually assaulted.

Despite her injuries, the woman managed to walk to the nearby Lismore Police Station.

She was taken by ambulance to Lismore Base Hospital where she was treated.

Richmond Local Area Command crime manager Detective Inspector Greg Moore said the woman has since been discharged and is in the care of local support counsellors.

Det Insp Moore said the woman was not walking home from a night out in the Lismore CBD but was "wandering" around the streets.

"This was an opportunistic crime that targeted a woman in a vulnerable location," he said.

"She was wandering around the area for personal reasons when she was attacked from behind.

"Any reports of this nature are taken extremely seriously by local police."

Police have collected a number of items that are in the process of being forensically examined but they are also searching for two bags of clothes that the woman was carrying with her before she was attacked.

Police are urging women to be aware of their personal safety, including using footpaths that are well lit. Anyone with information regarding the sexual assault or who was in the Zadoc St area at about 4.30am on Saturday, is urged to call Lismore Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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