A man is back behind bars after 23 years on the run after being arrested by Ballina police.
Originally from Maroubra, the 49-year-old man had served three years jail and was on 12 months parole for seven violence and theft-related offences in 1991.
But after breaching his parole in just three months, a warrant was issued for his arrest.
The man took off and travelled around Queensland and NSW for the next two decades, evading police.
However, when Ballina police were called to the Lakeside caravan park on Tuesday they discovered that the man had been wanted for 23 years.
He was arrested and is now serving the remainder of his sentence, which is nine months and 25 days.