Another bracelet fails, police manhunt underway

  • 30/08/2015
(Photo: supplied)
(Photo: supplied)

Counties Manukau police are on the hunt for a man who has breached his bail conditions by cutting off his electronic monitoring bracelet.

Thomas Shortcliffe, 44, was on bail at a Papakura address for a string of charges including kidnapping, assault with intent to injure, burglary and contravening a protection order.

At approximately 11:00 last night, Shortcliffe allegedly cut off his ankle bracelet.

When security arrived at the property, the guard was assaulted and Shortcliffe fled.

He reportedly has connections to gangs in Northland and police are asking anybody who sees him to get in contact with them by phoning 111 immediately.

Yesterday, police had to round up 19-year-old Zane McVeigh in Wellington after he removed his electronic bracelet and left his home on Friday evening.

That arrest was without incident.

Corrections said earlier this month that 18 people wearing monitoring bracelets, including five offenders and 13 on bail, were unaccounted for.

Earlier this month, Daniel Livingstone allegedly removed his GPS monitoring anklet and went on the run in the Hutt Valley. It took seven hours for police to get to his home after his bracelet was cut off.

About 3200 offenders are being electronically monitored, and 1832 are on GPS.

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