Jail escapee still on the run
POLICE need your help in their ongoing manhunt for a jail escapee on the Mid North Coast.
Around 2am on October 31, 23-year-old Christopher Piper and 25-year-old Glen Russell scaled a perimeter fence at the Kempsey jail.
Both men, serving time for break and enter offences, were last seen running towards Aldavilla Road.
On November 3, Russell was arrested on a train at East Maitland and returned to the custody of NSW Corrective Services.
Detectives are still searching for Piper and are appealing to motorists travelling west of Kempsey to report anyone hitch-hiking on remote roads near Bellbrook, Ebor, Dorrigo and the surrounding areas.
Piper, originally from the Kempsey district, is described as being of Aboriginal descent, 177cm tall, 92kg with a medium build, brown hair and green eyes.
He has a tattoo of a tiger on his right bicep and a dragon tattooed on his upper back.
Anyone with information about Piper's whereabouts is urged to contact Kempsey police on 6563 7111 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
MEANWHILE Coffs Harbour Coastal Patrol came to the rescue when a runabout broke down east of the harbour yesterday.
The 4.5m runabout, with three people aboard, ran into trouble about five nautical miles from the harbour and radioed the coastal patrol for help at 1.30pm.
Coastal patrol's rescue vessel towed the boat back to the boat ramp.