A global manhunt is underway for a prolific sexual predator who terrorised women in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and has evaded police for more than 30 years. The man, believed to be aged between 45 and 64, committed 27 “blitz attack” rapes in a 16-year spree between 1985 and 2001.

“This is an horrific string of crimes,” Detective Acting Superintendent Mick Haddow, from the NSW Police Sex Crimes Squad, said today.

“This is 27 offences committed by a stranger against innocent women. Sexual assault is a violent, horrific crime against a woman – these were all women in these matters.

“The offender in this case is of significant concern to us.”

His victims ranged from 14 years old to 55, and occurred mainly within the eastern suburbs including Clovelly, Pagewood, Waverly and Randwick. The final attack, believed to be in 2001, happened at Waverley Cemetery.

Police have released an image of the suspected attacker. (Supplied/NSW Police)

Investigators have released two composite images in the hope of bringing the man to justice, and a third of a singlet believed to be worn by the attacker during one of the assaults in 1992.

Det. Acting Supt Haddow paid tribute to the work of police during a decade-long secret investigation which was launched in 2005, in the establishment of Strike Force Doreen.

“This is not just a cold case DNA link,” he said.

Police have released an image of the suspected attacker.

“This is 27 matters that have been linked as a combination of DNA, and an incredible amount of work by a really, really dedicated team of investigators.

“An enormous amount of work has gone into this job.”

A piece of clothing the attacker was wearing for one of the offences. (Supplied/NSW Police)

The DNA evidence which linked the man to the attacks has been shared across Australia and internationally with policing partners.

Descriptions of the serial attacker’s physical build have changed over time.

During each horrific attack, he either brandished a knife, or warned his victims that he was carrying one.

He is described as being about 160-180cm tall, with a dark complexion, dark, wavy hair, brown eyes, and a broad nose.

He spoke with an Australian accent and kept his face covered on all occasions.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.