Escaped prisoner still at large

21:19, May 28 2014
rory damien partridge
ON THE RUN: Police in Gore are searching for escaped prisoner Rory Damien Partridge, 23.

Police backup units from Invercargill have joined the search for a prisoner who fled the Gore District Court yesterday.

Still in his prison overalls, Rory Damien Partridge, 23, made a dash for freedom out the backdoor of the court, successfully dodging security about 4pm yesterday.

Senior Sergeant Craig Brown said police searched throughout Gore for any sign of Partridge, with backup units from Invercargill joining the search.

The last sighting of Partridge was on Lyne St.

Partridge had been appearing in court on charges relating to burglary and driving while disqualified.

Partridge resides in Gore and is described as a male Maori, approximately 1.9 metres tall, of thin build. He has a tattoo on his left hand.

Partridge should not be approached but any sightings should be reported to the police by calling 111.

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