A teenage girl was attacked while out on a run in Napier this week.

The 17-year-old was running the stairs between Shakespeare Rd and Bay View Rd at about 6.30pm on Wednesday when she was targeted.

The stairway is near the corner of Shakespeare and Battery roads.

Police said a man wearing a dark hoodie grabbed the teen and pulled her towards him. They struggled for some time and the teenager managed to get away.

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She suffered bruising in the struggle.

The man is described as approximately 185cm tall and of solid build. There is no estimation of his age.

"Police are seeking information as to the identity of this male and also urge for members of the public to be aware of their surroundings and their personal safety," police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hastings Police on: (06) 873 0500 or CrimeStoppers anonymously on: 0800 555 111.

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