Dairy worker attacked with stick
Christchurch police are hunting a man who assaulted a dairy worker in Ilam last night.
The offender, who was captured by security cameras inside the store, assaulted a staff member with a piece of wood but left empty-handed.
Detective Constable Nathan Lean said the man entered the Ilam Dairy on the corner of Ilam and Clyde roads shortly after 9.30pm.
"The man brandished a large piece of wood at a shop assistant and demanded cash," he said.
"The offender then struck the shop assistant on the head and shoulder with the piece of wood, using such force that it broke in two.
"At that stage the offender has left the scene without any money."
Lean said the shop assistant suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene by ambulance staff.
The offender is described as European, aged at least 18, about 1.85 metres tall, clean-shaven and of medium build, with tattoos on his left forearm.
He was wearing a black T-shirt, black shorts with a white stripe, and had bare feet.
Anyone who can help identify the offender is asked to call the Christchurch police on 363 7400.
'Prolific burglar' sought
Police are also trying to find a man believed to be responsible for numerous burglaries around Christchurch and the South Island.
Aiden Hamilton, 20, is wanted on a parole recall warrant and police want to speak to him in relation to other alleged offences.
Hamilton was charged with the burglary of residential properties in Somerfield, Christchurch last month, and had been released on bail in late January.
Detective Senior Sergeant Tony Hill said police do not believe Hamilton has any intention of turning himself in.
''He was wearing an electronic bail ankle bracelet, which he has removed.''
Hill said it was likely Hamilton is now in the Canterbury area, and may be using stolen vehicles and staying in motels.
''He is a prolific burglar and it is of concern that he is continuing to offend. We want to bring him in as soon as possible.''