DHNS have advised that the male sought earlier from Purau (see below) has been located in Christchurch.

Purau Residents have been advised to lock their houses and cars as there is a man on the run.

On Thursday night armed Police came looking for the man who has connections to one of the beach front properties. He broke into a neighbour’s house and stole their car, which has been found.

At some stage over the last few days he has come back to this property and has fled again this morning. Police think he may still be in the local area.

Please ring 111 if a suspicious male comes onto your property or you see a stranger acting suspiciously.