'Most wanted' on website

KELVIN TEIXEIRA
Last updated 09:47 24/01/2013

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Horowhenua's most wanted people may find themselves appearing on the New Zealand Police website.

A webpage dedicated to the Central Districts, covering Horowhenua, Manawatu and Taranaki, has been added to the Wanted to Arrest section on the national police website.

Of the 20 people listed with photographs on the Central Districts page there are two men wanted by police in Levin.

There is a warrant to arrest Liam O'Connor, 21, for failing to appear before the Levin District Court, and for Wiremu Baird- Ellison, 19, for breach of community work.

Central Districts intelligence manager Inspector Peter Thurston said individuals may feature on the page if they are wanted for arrest or need to be identified in relation to a crime.

"This site is a practical tool that gives police the ability to inform a wide range of audiences," he said.

"It's also another channel involving the public that helps us fight community crime. The support we get from the public and local media is invaluable when locating offenders."

Mr Thurston said not all people wanted by police will appear on the site.

"Images will only be posted if there are reasons of urgency, or the person cannot reasonably be located by other means."

Mr Thurston said police recommend people do not approach those listed.

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