Police hunt for James Brown

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Last updated 13:44 14/02/2014
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JAMES BROWN: Police have been hunting James Arthur Matthew William Brown, 47, for the last 24 hours after he allegedly assaulted his partner and claimed to have a gun in Cumnor Tce, Woolston yesterday morning.

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Police have released the name of the man at the centre of a Christchurch manhunt, which has spanned more than 24 hours.

James Arthur Matthew William Brown, aged 47, of Christchurch has been on the run since he allegedly assaulted his partner and claimed to have a gun in Cumnor Tce, Woolston yesterday morning.

Police, including members of the armed offenders squad, blocked off streets in the area yesterday as they raided homes searching for him.

However, they have yet to find him.

Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Sarah Illingworth said Brown was wanted in connection with domestic incidents at two separate homes in Woolston on Wednesday night and Thursday morning. 

Nobody was injured in the incidents.

There was no threat to the public, but Brown was considered dangerous and should not be approached. Police believed he may have access to guns, Illingworth said.

It is not the first time Brown has been on the run from police. He was arrested at gun-point in Motueka after a four week manhunt in 2005. He faced charges relating to firearms and explosives when he appeared in court.

Anyone sighting him, or anyone who has information as to his whereabouts, should contact police on 111 immediately, or the Christchurch Central Station on (03) 3637400.

Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

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