Walker escapes custody, police continue man hunt
UPDATE 2.30pm: Police from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command are appealing for information to locate a man wanted by virtue of outstanding warrants after an incident overnight.
Police attempted to arrest Ashley Walker over another matter at 12.25am (Thursday 21 May 2015) in South Grafton.
The 30-year-old allegedly threw a chair at police before being handcuffed in front of his body and told he was under arrest.
He escaped police custody, allegedly breaking the front window by kicking it and elbowing a police officer in the face.
Six other men were at the location, allegedly becoming aggressive towards police. Inquiries are continuing in relation to them.
A senior constable suffered superficial cuts to his hand from broken glass and swelling to his leg. He declined medical treatment.
An arrest warrant for escape lawful custody and assault police has been issued for Ashley Walker.
He is described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance, about 175cm tall, with a medium build, short wavy black hair and brown eyes.
He may be staying in the South Grafton area.
Anyone who sees Mr Walker is urged not to approach him, but instead to contact police immediately via Triple Zero (000)
12pm: THE Daily Examiner has received information that a man hunt is underway for wanted South Grafton man Ashley Walker.
Sources have revealed Mr Walker, 30, was arrested in the early hours of this morning by police at a McFarlane St address in South Grafton.
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During the arrest, it is believed a violent struggle with police took place, in which he allegedly assaulted a police officer and escaped from the scene still in handcuffs.
It is also believed he has a girlfriend in the area and may be in her company.
Last Thursday police launched an appeal to the public to help locate Mr Walker, who was wanted in relation to the theft of a Legacy charity tin from outside a South Grafton store in the lead-up to Anzac Day.
It was noted in last week's appeal that anyone who sees Mr Walker is urged not to approach him, but instead to contact police immediately on 000.
The Daily Examiner is currently trying to verify this latest development with NSW Police.