Murwillumbah Police hunt wanted man

A MAN is on the run after leading police on a desperate chase through backyards and houses in Murwillumbah yesterday.

The man startled residents as he ran through their properties and, in one instance, asked to use a family's phone.

Police said the man, 32, was wanted on four warrants, understood to relate to break-and-enter and drug offences, leading officers to conduct a gruelling three-hour manhunt around Tweed Valley Way, Smith Street and River Street in the fierce morning heat.

The man, believed to have been unarmed, fled on foot but managed to avoid police, who searched the area by car and on foot.

The officers returned to the Murwillumbah police station just before 11.30am, but Inspector Jago said police would continue to search for the man. Last night the man still had not been arrested.

A woman, who identified herself as the man's 'ex', said he had approached her and asked her for a lift.

“He startled me when I saw him because I haven't seen him in ages and he's had his hair cut,” the woman said. “He asked me for a lift and the next thing I knew the police were there, so I asked him if he was in a stolen car.

“I don't know what sort of mischief he's in this time. He only calls me when he is in trouble or needs money.”

The man is described as being about 180cm tall with a slim build and a shaved head. He was wearing a yellow raincoat in the morning, but was later seen wearing a dark shirt and cut-off shorts with a stripe on the side.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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