Bruce Dyball and Luke Jones are wanted by police.
Bruce Dyball and Luke Jones are wanted by police. Contributed

Officer injured as wanted man arrested after manhunt

UPDATE, 2.50PM: A police officer has received treatment at hospital for an injured hand after taking into custody wanted man Bruce Dyball near Dirranbandi today.

Dyball, 29, was one of two men subject to a large-scale manhunt in the Goondwidini, St George and Dirranbandi regions which unfolded late Tuesday afternoon and into today.

New South Wales and Queensland police collaborated to locate Dyball and confirmed he had been arrested in the small border town of Dirranbandi.

A NSW police officer suffered a minor hand injury and received treatment at hospital along with Dyball who was seen by medical staff as a precaution.

Police are continuing the search for Luke Jones, 27, who was originally seen with Dyball in the NSW side of the border, crossing into Queensland and believed to have been hiding out in the region.

The public is being warned to report any sightings of Jones and not approach him as he may be armed.

UPDATE, 12.25PM: One of two wanted fugitives subject of a large-scale manhunt in the border region has been caught by police.

Bruce Dyball, 29, was taken into custody about noon and is being taken to hospital for assessment after an exhaustive search overnight near Goondiwindi, Dirranbandi and St George.

Dyball, together with another wanted man Luke Jones, 27, evaded police for more than two days, crossing into Queensland's Goondiwindi and St George area after running from NSW police.

South West District Detective Inspector Paul Hart said the pair was known to police and suspected they had broken from a larger group possibly behind a string of offences in the Goondiwindi and St George regions in recent weeks.

An exhaustive hunt for the pair entered Queensland Tuesday afternoon when information from the public led police to Cubbie Station near Goondiwindi.

Police had identified that man as Dyball, wanted for parole violations and on suspicious of serious criminal offences in Queensland including break and enters and firearms thefts in recent weeks.

He is believed to have then fled the cotton plantation where police suspect he holed up overnight in frigid temperatures and on tough terrain.

Dyball was believed to be armed and police are investigating after a member of the public reported a confrontation with him near where a stolen vehicle was found bogged about 6pm Tuesday.

"We are still trying to confirm exactly what happened at that point," Detective Inspector Hart said.

Private fixed-wing aircraft and police dog squads had been used in an effort to locate Dyball who is wanted on a number of break and enter offences, Detective Inspector Hart said.

Firearms have been reported stolen in those instances, he said.

"We're aware this pair is responsible for break and enters in the South West district in Queensland, but probably more so on the New South Wales side of the border.

"The particular person of interest is the focus of several serious matters in Queensland and we are making every attempt to apprehend him."

Dyball and Jones are believed to have split up. Jones remains on the run.

Detective Inspector Hart said Dyball was possibly armed and warned members of the public not to approach either men but to contact 000 immediately.

"It's always a concern when someone is actively avoiding apprehension and we know they have firearms, or potentially have access to firearms," he said.

"So on that point we're advising members of the community if they see people on their property and they shouldn't be there - whether they are armed or not - to contact police."

EARLIER, 6.45AM: POLICE have appealed for public assistance to help locate a man wanted on an interstate warrant and a man believed to be travelling with him.

Police tried to intercept the men near the Queensland border town of Dirranbandi yesterday.

Bruce Dyball, 29, is wanted by virtue of an outstanding Queensland warrant for revocation of parole.

He is described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance, 180cm tall, with a fair complexion, slim build and brown hair.

Officers attached to New England Police District believe Bruce Dyball may be travelling with Luke Jones, 27.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, 170cm tall, medium build with brown hair and blue eyes.

It is believed the two men are in the vicinity of the New South Wales and Queensland border.

Anyone who sees these two men are urged not to approach them, and contact 000 immediately.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report information online.


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