Mystery surrounds late-night happenings at Park Beach
By CRAIG McTEAR
WHAT the hell happened at Park Beach early yesterday? The Advocate understands a man was bashed and later died in hospital, but investigators have refused to confirm this. Police were called just before midnight on Thursday to the Hoey Moey on Ocean Parade after a brawl between patrons. It was unclear yesterday whether the brawl started in the pub, the car park, or nearby. The hotel was last night reportedly closed for business. The NSW Ambulance Service said yesterday it had not been called to the area to treat anyone for injuries in the wake of the melee. It is understood riot police were called to Coffs Harbour Health Campus in the aftermath of the fight. Police officers converged on Ocean Parade yesterday and moved from door to door to interview moteliers about the incident. They also questioned Coffs Harbour City Council workers in the park near the Hoey, and visited the council's administration building to determine what rubbish may have been cleared from Ocean Parade. It is understood the man who was bashed had been staying at the Hawaiian Sands Motor Inn on the corner of Ocean Parade and Park Beach Road. Hoey Moey licensee Lindsay Archibald refused to speak to the Advocate about the incident. Motel owners spoken to by the Advocate yesterday either did not know what had happened, or refused to comment. Coffs/Clarence investigations manager, Detective Senior Sergeant Peter O'Reilly, was late yesterday not elaborating further on the investigation. The North Coast Area Health Service was also not commenting last night, saying it was a police matter. Detectives are seeking assistance from anyone who may have witnessed the brawl.