Mother of wanted Southland teen begs daughter to hand herself in

Seventeen-year-old Southland teenager Lana Maree Tutty is wanted again by police.
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Seventeen-year-old Southland teenager Lana Maree Tutty is wanted again by police.

A wanted teenager who has been taunting police online should hand herself in, her mother says.

The mugshot of Lana Maree Tutty, 17, was posted on the Southern District Police Facebook page on Monday afternoon.

Tutty, described as 170 centimetres tall and of thin build, taunted police by posting a "thumbs up" emoji to her wanted post.

That reply has attracted more than 750 likes, and counting, and sparked dozens of comments.

One of the comments was from her mother, Tracei Perry, who told her daughter "We are your family we don't hate you we just don't agree with your lifestyle".

"I've read the comments and it breaks my heart that people only see who you are now and not the person you were and still could be."

Perry, who is from Waikaka, Southland, told Stuff she believed her daughter was in the Christchurch area and urged her to hand herself in.

"I messaged her and told her she needs to take a long, hard look at herself … but I love her no matter what.

"I will support her … but she needs to do the right thing."

Perry had concerns her daughter had fallen in with a bad crowd who did not have her best interests at heart.

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"We just want her home."

Police declined to say what charges Tutty was wanted on, but is is understood she is facing charges of assault with intent to injure and wilful trespass in the Gore District Court.

Anyone with information about Tutty was urged to contact Invercargill police on (03) 211 0400, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 - Stuff

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