Police are seeking information about an assault in a Nelson suburb last night.

A woman was assaulted while on the footpath in Cobham Crescent, Stoke around 7.15pm by a man described as Maori, aged in his early to mid-50s, police said.

He is approximately 1.7m and of a slim build.

He had a beard and was wearing a grey sweatshirt and jeans.

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Police did not believe the incident was related to an assault on a young girl earlier this week.

Anyone who saw suspicious behaviour in the Cobham Crescent and Railway Reserve areas is asked to contact Nelson Police Station on 03 546 3840.

Alternatively, reports may be made anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.