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North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are increasing their patrols near Cowichan District Hospital in Duncan after multiple reports of sexual assaults in the area.

In a media release, police said they were informed on Tuesday that several sexual assaults had taken place between Nov. 2 and Nov. 17 near the grounds of the hospital.

RCMP are looking to speak with anyone who has information about these incidents or any victims who have not come forward yet.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP say they will be increasing patrols in the area and will increase visibility by using marked police vehicles operated by uniformed officers. Anyone who feels unsafe in the area is also encouraged to reach out to police for assistance.

“It has been circulated that there are multiple victims who haven’t yet spoken to police. They may not know that their evidence could be crucial in identifying a suspect,” said Cpl. Chris Manseau, spokesman for the B.C. RCMP.

Police are working with Island Health as the investigation continues.

Anyone with information about these alleged assaults or other similar incidents at Cowichan District Hospital are asked to call dial 911 or contact North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522.