Statement from Superintendent Sam Hoyle – Wellington District Commander
Police again warns members of the public that Daniel Livingstone is a high risk offender and should not be approached. The public are asked to contact Police immediately on 111 or anonymously through the organisation CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111 if anyone has information which can assist in locating Livingstone.
He may also have changed his appearance and the public are asked to remain vigilant and report anything of interest to Police.
Police is following lines of inquiry and we thank those members of the public who have provided information so far. We continue to encourage anyone with information that could help to contact us.
Police would like to make it clear that efforts to locate Daniel Livingstone began when officers first attended his property at 3:50am yesterday.
He was actively sought as an absconder from the moment that door knocking at his property failed to gain a response.
Steps taken included area patrols, area and background enquiries and also checking an address of an associate.
Officers visited the property where Mr Livingstone was living on two separate occasions at the request of Corrections in the early hours of Thursday morning.
In these circumstances, there are no specific powers of entry without warrant for a constable to forcibly enter premises when they believe an offender is not there.
On the third visit Police took the step of forcing entry to the property given the seriousness of the situation.
The ankle bracelet was located inside the property which confirmed that Livingstone had absconded. However, active steps to locate him had already been underway for several hours by that time.
While Police is working through exact details of the events of Thursday morning, the immediate focus is to locate Mr Livingstone.
Police can confirm that a note was found at the property, however, it's meaning is unclear at this stage.
In the meantime, we have increased our patrols around local schools and ask that the community please remain vigilant in keeping an eye out for him. Again, Mr Livingstone should not be approached, if anyone sees a man matching his description they should call Police immediately on 111.