Police are seeking the public's assistance to find a man in the Auckland area with known gang links.

Avondale Police's Detective Sergeant Richard Sami said they want to locate 59-year-old Robert Malcolm Shedden who has an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Shedden is described as medium build and 174cm tall.

He has a large number of tattoos, including a snake, spider and a skull on his right forearm and a rose tattoo on his neck.

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He also has the word "Lesley" tattooed on the back of his right hand.

Shedden should not be approached if seen in public.

Members of the public who have seen Shedden are asked to call 111 immediately.

Anyone who has had contact with Shedden or have any information about his whereabouts are requested to please contact Sami on 021 191 2981.

Wanted man Robert Malcolm Shedden has a large number of tattoos, including a snake, spider and a skull on his right forearm, and a rose tattoo on his neck. Photo / NZ Police
Wanted man Robert Malcolm Shedden has a large number of tattoos, including a snake, spider and a skull on his right forearm, and a rose tattoo on his neck. Photo / NZ Police