Police are appealing for witnesses as part of an investigation into an alleged early morning sexual assault on a major shopping strip in Melbourne’s inner-north in February.

A 30-year-old woman was walking south on Sydney Road between Albert Road and Glenlyon Road in Brunswick about 6.20am on February 7 when an unknown man began to follow her, investigators have been told.

Anyone able to identify this man is urged to contact crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 Credit:Victoria Police

When the woman noticed the man was walking close behind her she crossed Sydney Road near the intersection of Glenlyon Road. He continued to follow her.

The man then sexually assaulted her as she crossed the road before walking away on nearby Merri Street, according to Victoria Police.

Investigators have released CCTV footage of a man they wish to identify, walking along an empty Brunswick shopping strip.

The footage shows a man who police say is perceived to be in his mid-20s, about 170cm tall with light brown crew cut hair and a receding hairline.

The man was wearing a red Nike brand hoodie jumper with the slogan ‘Just do it’ printed across the front as well as a blue surgical mask.

The 30-year-old victim is expected to speak publicly about the incident later on Thursday morning.

Anyone with information or any witnesses are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

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