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Armed offenders rob club staff at knife-point

UPDATE - Thursday 1.00pm: Coffs Clarence Police have addressed media in relation to last night's armed robbery at the Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club.

Acting Inspector Craig Enchelmaier said staff were confronted by a group of men while closing the club for the night.

"The offenders produced knives and hammers and other implements, and demanded cash from two attendants," Insp Enchelmaier said.

"As a result of that, a sum of cash and alcohol was stolen."

He said the staff involved were understandably upset.

"They were quite upset and quite shocked in relation to the incident, but their actual handling of the incident was quite credible for their position.

"All victims of crime are offered victim's support and that's usually followed through by the investigators."

Insp Enchelmaier said police were reviewing CCTV footage and forensic investigators had attended the scene.

He said at this early stage in the investigation, police were unable to establish whether the incident had any links to other armed robberies that have occurred in the area.

He also warned other venues that are open late to be aware of their closing and locking up procedures.

Police are again asking anyone with information to call Crime Stopper on 1800 333 000.

UPDATE - Thursday 9.30am: Police have revealed five men with their faces covered entered the club via the bottle shop.

An employee in the office area was approached by the men who demanded money and threatened him with a knife and hammer.

Another employee in the bar area was also threatened with a knife and taken into an office.

After obtaining cash and alcohol the men left the scene.

Police are appealing for information and asking for people to contact Coffs Harbour Police Station on 6691 0799, Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

INITIAL REPORT - Wednesday 11.30pm: STAFF at the Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club have been held at knife-point by a group of armed offenders. 

Police said no one was injured during the armed robbery, which happened on Wednesday around 9.45pm. 

A group of offenders armed with knives confronted staff as they were closing the club and demanded cash. 

A sum of money was stolen from the club's cash registers and safe, police said.  

Officers have been told the offenders got away in an older model Holden Commodore sedan. 

Police have interviewed witnesses and assessed the club's security camera footage and will release further details on the crime this morning. 

Topics:  armed robbery, coffs clarence, coffs harbour, hold-up, police



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