POLICE are hunting a man who attacked a woman with a knife as she walked home between Coolangatta and Tweed Heads late on Tuesday night.

The woman, aged 23, suffered cuts to her hands and forearms as she tried to protect herself when the man jumped out of bushes near the corner of Kent Street and Murraba Crescent, Tweed Heads, and attacked her with a knife at about 11pm.

Tweed detectives investigating the attack described the man as aged between 25 and 35, about 175cm tall, with a slim build and scruffy short brown hair.

He was wearing a dark jacket and dark pants at the time.

Police are expected to issue a facial-identification image of the attacker soon.

The woman was taken by ambulance to Tweed Hospital where she was treated for minor lacerations and later discharged.

A youth worker who lives near the scene of the attack said she and her partner rushed out of their home after hearing the woman screaming hysterically for help and called ambulance and police.

"She was absolutely in full shock and told us a man had leaped out of the bushes grunting and attacked her as she walked home near the top of Kent Street," Corelle Hartley said yesterday.

"She said the man accosted her and started stabbing her and she tried to fend him off ? there were so many cuts on her hands," she said.

A co-ordinator of the Youth Enterprise Service in Murwillumbah, Ms Hartley told the Daily News that the area of the attack was a popular over-the-hill short-cut between Coolangatta and Tweed Heads used by many young people.

"We're concerned that people in the area, particularly women, should be aware of the danger there especially at night.

"Many people, some of whom have had a few drinks, use the hill via Kent Street to get to Tweed Heads from Coolangatta," she said.

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