It was the early hours of the morning, and a woman was screaming in the nearby bush reserve.

At least, that's how it sounded.

Police rushed to the scene after an Auckland woman reported hearing what she thought was a woman being attacked in the bush near her house, Sergeant Jason Loye said.

"Upon arrival they also heard sporadic noises of 'distress' coming from the bush area. The staff then attempted to identify the direction and location of the 'attack'," said Loye, who was told of the incident by colleagues.

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"After a short search of the area, they located the

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