UPDATE 8.25am: NOTORIOUS conman Peter Foster may have spent years hiding out in and around the Northern Rivers, Channel Nine claims.

In a report on the NineMSN website, Channel Nine's A Current Affair, which has done frequent reports on Foster, claims they tracked him down to Ewingsdale and alerted the police.

However, the program also says Foster had been thought to be on the Gold Coast as recently as last year and at a homestead at Kyogle before that - all the while pretending he was hiding out in Fiji.

A Current Affair has released footage of the brief pursuit and arrest of Foster at Ewingsdale yesterday as part of a promotion for tonight's show.

The show claims police at one point during the pursuit believed Foster may have been carrying a gun.

ORIGINAL REPORT: RUNAWAY conman Peter Foster has been nabbed near Byron Bay almost a year after he failed to appear at the Federal Court in Brisbane.

It is believed he was hiding out in Ewingsdale and was arrested by police at around 3.30pm this afternoon.

He was taken to Byron Bay hospital after reportedly taking ill as police officers swooped on the place he was staying.

It is not known how long Foster has been living in Byron Bay as he went to elaborate lengths to lead police to believe he was staying in Fiji.

The 52 year old has been on the run after the Federal Court in Brisbane found him guilty of contempt of court for his role in a weight loss program SensaSlim that saw investors lose millions of dollars.



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