Counties Manukau Police are looking for a 23-year-old man who escaped custody from Manukau District Court around midday today.

Joshua Ian Smith is described as "very tall at approximately 6ft 4", (195cm) of a medium build and is cleanshaven.

At the time he fled, he was wearing a black hoody, white shoes and navy track pants.

He is facing charges of wilful damage and breaching home detention conditions.

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Counties Manukau Police are currently searching the area for him.

He should not be approached by members of the public but any sightings should be reported to 111.

Inquiries are ongoing to establish how the incident occurred.