Fugitive trio caught in park

CAUGHT: Jamie Campbell, also known as Alexander Paul Jones.
CAUGHT: Jamie Campbell, also known as Alexander Paul Jones.

Police have caught three wanted men in Arthur's Pass.

Police had been scouring the Arthur's Pass National Park for Ivan Campbell, 46, and Jaydon Galland, 18, who fled from the Salisbury Foundation in Merivale last Wednesday, breaking their parole conditions.

Jamie Campbell, 25, also known as Alexander Paul Jones, was with the men.

They were found by a police search team about midday today.

Detective Inspector Tom Fitzgerald says the men were found in the bush near the Hawdon Shelter, west of the Mount White Bridge, not far from where a vehicle belonging to one of the men was located yesterday.  They were arrested without incident.

The three men will be transported to Christchurch this afternoon and held in custody overnight. They will appear in the Christchurch District Court tomorrow morning, Fitzgerald said.

CAUGHT: Ivan Campbell.
CAUGHT: Ivan Campbell.

Campbell was arrested for breach of parole, Galland for breaching community detention and Campbell will face charges in relation to assisting the escape.

The silver and black Subaru station wagon that was found yesterday was registered to Campbell.

Along with ground searchers, a helicopter was also involved in the search for the men.

Police said yesterday that they believed the three men were sleeping rough in the Klondyke Corner area, which was popular with hunters and trampers.

The men were deemed to be high-risk offenders and the public had been told not to approach them.

Before the trio were arrested, Arthur's Pass National Park visitors' centre supervisor Chris Stewart said there was a "level of concern" in the area about the men.

"Locals in the area have been warned by police that these people may be around, but we were reassured by them that they have covered everything and there isn't a huge risk," Stewart said.

An Arthur's Pass resident, who wanted to be known only as Vicky, said she was afraid the men could be in the area.

"I certainly locked my door last night," she said.

Arthur's Pass Village Bed and Breakfast owner Geoff Keey said the police had been good in allaying any fears.

"They've knocked on all our doors and made sure everyone was aware of the situation."

While there were concerns among the community, he said he was not "overly worried" by the men.

Glenn Kerrison, of the Wobbly Kea Cafe and Bar, said he did not think the three men would cope well in the "rough terrain".

"They will be freezing or may have fallen off a cliff or something. They don't have any outdoor skills, so I doubt they'd last long."

He was not concerned about the men's presence.

"Half the people out here have rifles anyway," he said.

It has been publicised that Campbell was twice convicted for sexually abusing a teenage boy, but the criminal history of the younger offender is lesser known.

Galland was convicted in September this year of various offences dating back to November 2011.

Charges included wilful damage, disorderly behaviour, possession of an offensive weapon, assaulting a police officer, threatening behaviour, speaking threateningly and drugs-related offences.

The charges were committed in Christchurch and the West Coast.

Police advised the public yesterday to avoid the Klondyke Corner area if possible, and not to park vehicles there.

While there was no specific threat to the public, the men's behaviour was unpredictable, police said.

A Parole Board spokesman said an interim order had been issued for Ivan Campbell.

"An interim order has the effect of returning the offender immediately to prison - assuming he or she can be located - based on undue risk," he said.

Whether a final recall order should be made would be determined between 14 and 28 days from the date Campbell returned to prison.

No order had been issued for Galland since he was not released by the board.

CAUGHT: Jaydon Galland.
CAUGHT: Jaydon Galland.

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