Arrest of wanted man in Moree caps off successful riot squad operation

A man wanted by police is set to return to prison after he was arrested in Moree on Tuesday night.

At about 9.45pm on Tuesday, April 16, police attached to New England Police District attempted to stop a vehicle in Maude Street, Moree.

The driver was directed to stop, however police will allege the driver instead accelerated and a pursuit was initiated.

The driver was followed to Jacaranda Drive where the vehicle stopped and the occupants exited the vehicle.

Police allege the driver failed to obey the directions of police and fled on foot. He was located a short distance away with assistance of the dog unit.

A short time late the 26-year-old man was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries relating to a dog bite.

The man, who was wanted in relation to a revocation of parole warrant, remains in hospital under guard. On his release he will return to custody to serve the balance of his parole.

Further charges are expected.

The arrest follows a successful two-day operation in Moree with the NSW Public Order Riot Squad (PORS) and the dog unit, which targeted wanted offenders.

"The arrest of this man caps off a successful two-day deployment of specialist staff in the area targeting wanted offenders," Moree officer-in-charge Inspector Martin Burke said.

"You can run but you can't hide."

Inspector Burke said the 26-year-old was one of the main targets of the operation. On Tuesday, a 33-year-old Boggabilla man, Thomas Charles Hilton Wightman, was sentenced to a 15-month community correction order for taking and driving a conveyance without the consent of the owner. Wightman was arrested following a police pursuit on Monday night.

"We are satisfied that the operation with the PORS crew and the dog unit over the past two days is going to have a tangible impact on crime in Moree," Inspector Burke said.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of wanted persons or persons involved in criminal activities should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page www1.police.nsw.gov.au.