Residents 'nervous' over manhunt: Christchurch MP

Christchurch East MP Poto Williams. Photo: RNZ
Christchurch East MP Poto Williams. Photo: RNZ

A Christchurch MP says eastern suburbs residents are concerned by the many armed police officers involved in a manhunt there.

Police are still searching for Liam Strickland, in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed 46-year-old Dean Amies on Wednesday.

Liam Strickland. Photo: NZ Police
Liam Strickland. Photo: NZ Police

Mr Amies was killed when he was struck by a van fleeing from the police.

Since then, police have been looking for Strickland (21), who is considered dangerous and should not be approached.

While the manhunt continues, police have been carrying arms because they believe Strickland is a danger to them.

The Labour MP for Christchurch East, Poto Williams, said people are nervous about the heightened police presence.

She planned to meet community members at the New Brighton market today.

"I'm looking forward to that opportunity to be updated on how people are feeling, how they're coping - to be right in the heart of where the action happened," Ms Williams said.

"I'm sure lots of people will take advantage of the fact that I'm there to come and share their stories and their issues with me."

Police have searched several houses and made multiple arrests as inquiries continue.

Strickland is 182cm tall and has tattoos on his forehead and right cheek.

Anyone with information is advised to call 111.

Comments

There's also the PO knife man and police are looking for neo Nazi Aaron Cowie (4th Reich, Buller, 1998), who's recalled to prison, but missing on parole. Police presence in the City is understandable. Worry if they don't attend.

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter