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Naden search continues despite bad weather AAP Updated December 12, 2011, 7:47 am

Naden search continues despite bad weather

AAP Updated December 12, 2011, 7:47 am
 The search for one of NSW's most wanted men, Malcolm Naden, is expected to continue despite being hampered by bad weather.
Extra police were poured into the search effort on Sunday for Naden, who allegedly shot a 33-year-old officer after police had been attempting to corner him at a remote campsite near Nowendoc in northern NSW on Wednesday morning.
"We still have people there so the search is continuing," a police spokesman told AAP on Monday.
"The climate conditions that they are operating under is obviously a concern ... (but) obviously they will do what they need to do."
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting possible thunderstorms and winds of up to 30km/h for the area.
Naden, 38, disappeared in June 2005 from his grandparents' home in west Dubbo, days before 24-year-old mother-of-two Kristy Scholes was found strangled in his bedroom.
He is also wanted over the indecent assault of a 15-year-old girl in Dubbo in 2004 and for questioning over the disappearance of a 24-year-old woman in January 2005.
He has evaded police on six previous occasions.
The state government last week increased the reward for information leading to Naden's capture from $100,000 to $250,000.
Police are set to update the media on the search at a news conference in Newcastle later on Monday.
NSW Police Minister Mike Gallacher said police were facing a tough battle against the weather.
"They are doing the best that they can given the conditions," he told Macquarie Radio.
"We've all been monitoring what has been happening with the weather around Nowendoc and it has been a shocker ...
"Fortunately for him the weather has been playing to his advantage but that's only right now. The police aren't going to give up on this guy."
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