Mental health patient on the run

Last updated 05:00 23/01/2014

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Police are seeking public help to locate Queenstown man Adam Crawford, who has escaped from an Invercargill mental health facility twice in two days.

The 21-year-old, 184-centimetre-tall, solidly built European was last seen wearing a black polo shirt and black Canterbury branded running pants before he escaped on Tuesday night. His previous escape was on Monday, after he had been admitted.

After the initial escape he was located by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning and bailed back to the Invercargill mental health unit on strict conditions as he is currently facing active charges of theft and assault.

Crawford usually lives in Queenstown and is thought to be making his way back to the Queenstown area.

Acting Sergeant Phil Hamlin, of Queenstown, said police did not believe Crawford had arrived in Queenstown yesterday.

Because of the state of Crawford's mental health and potential safety concerns for the public, police want locate him quickly. Members of the public should not approach Crawford but should call police on 111.

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