10 Aug 2019

Residents 'nervous' over manhunt, Christchurch MP says

8:47 am on 10 August 2019

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

Labour MP and Assistant Speaker Poto Williams.

Poto Williams will take the chance to reassure people when she visits a market in New Brighton today. Photo: VNP / Daniela Maoate-Cox

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

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

Since then, police have been looking for 21-year-old Liam Strickland, 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.

Liam Strickland

Liam Strickland Photo: NZ Police

She plans 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.

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