A manhunt has been launched for two men who allegedly knocked a woman unconscious before sexually assaulting her in her own home.
The incident has prompted local authorities to issue an urgent warning to residents to lock up their homes in the Hunter region north of .
A Singleton woman was getting ready for bed shortly after midnight last Thursday night when she was confronted by two masked men allegedly armed with a knife.
She was allegedly attacked and sexually assaulted by the men while unconscious.
The men allegedly broke into the woman’s home on this street in the town of Singleton, north-west of Sydney
The victim was later taken to John Hunter Hospital for treatment.
It’s understood the woman is still traumatised and is yet to give a formal statement to police.
The alleged attack has rocked the close-knit community, including local leaders.
‘We are very alarmed, kitchener locksmith disappointed that something like this would happen in Singleton,’ mayor Sue Moore told the Daily Telegraph.
‘We’re cautioning people to make sure they’ve got their properties locked and made themselves as safe as possible until the offenders are captured.’
Police have established Strike Force Currikee to investigate the alleged incident and have spent recent days scouring the area for evidence and gathering CCTV.
‘An extensive canvas has been conducted in the Singleton area, and strike force investigators continue to work with local police to obtain and review all forensic evidence gathered during the initial stages to identify those responsible,’ Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Jayne Doherty said.
The terrified woman is yet to give a statement to police, five days after the alleged attack (stock image)