Malcolm Naden
Malcolm Naden

Naden 'armed with semi-automatic'

POLICE are warning members of the public to remain vigilant following new information that indicates Malcolm Naden is now armed with a semi automatic firearm and ammunition.

A recent breakthrough by Strike Force Durkin, established to investigate Malcolm Naden's whereabouts, has confirmed Naden is in possession of a .22 calibre semi automatic rifle and ammunition.

This firearm was recently stolen from a property along with other food items and clothing.

As a result, members of the public are again urged to ensure their home security and personal safety in the state's northern regions of Gloucester and Nowendoc.

Operation Commander Assistant Commissioner Carlene York said police were urging owners of firearms and ammunition in the area to ensure all weapons are safely secured in line with legislation.

"This is most concerning as we are aware of Naden's violent nature and his willingness to use firearms to avoid apprehension," Assistant Commissioner York said.

"Strike Force investigators will evaluate the information we receive and respond accordingly.

"We are committed to locating this violent offender and the release of this new information, although concerning, reinforces our intentions to protect the community."

Malcolm Naden, who is wanted by police for a murder at Dubbo and the attempted murder of a police officer at Nowendoc, is regarded as an extremely dangerous man and members of the community need to ensure the security of their home and their family's safety is a priority.

Naden is described as being 177cm tall, with a medium build, brown eyes and is believed to now have short/cropped dark hair, with a moustache.

Strike Force Durkin Investigators are still appealing for information that may assist their investigation.

A reward of $250,000 is in place for information leading to the capture of Malcolm Naden.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Any suspicious activity in the area should be immediately to police on 'Triple Zero' (000).