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Matthew Backhouse

Matthew Backhouse is an APNZ news reporter based in Wellington.

Dangerous man on the run

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A wanted man on the run from police is thought to be linked to an Auckland nightclub robbery in which tens of thousands of dollars were taken at gunpoint.

Police have been seeking Rory Smyth, 25, since he failed to appear in Auckland District Court on several charges including unlawful possession of shotgun ammunition.

He is described as armed and dangerous and police warn he should not be approached.

Police today said inquiries in recent days had identified Smyth as a "person of interest'' in relation to the recent robbery of an Auckland nightclub.

A man with a shotgun took tens of thousands of dollars at gunpoint from Miss Q's nightclub in Panmure on October 22.

Police described Smyth as a 1.8m tall Caucasian of slim build with a distinctive "bad boy'' tattoo on the right side of his neck.

He is thought to be travelling with Shannelle Ward, 22, who is a 1.67m tall Caucasian of thin build.

- APNZ

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