Escapee long gone, say police

INVESTIGATORS believe a man who fled from police cells in Coffs Harbour is now long gone.

Corey Brough, 28, from Sydney, had appeared in Coffs Harbour Bail Court on Saturday morning on larceny, assault and intimidation charges following his arrest at Urunga on Friday.

After his court appearance he was remanded in custody and returned to the Coffs Harbour police station.

But at 11.10am he managed to get out of his cell, run through the police station, out the back door and through the car park before fleeing onto nearby McLean Street Oval.

Coffs/Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay said investigators believed Brough was now in the Sydney area and metropolitan police stations had been alerted about his escape.

Mr Lindsay said police were "following a number of lines of inquiry" about the escape and would also be "reviewing a number of our internal procedures (at Coffs Harbour Police Station) during the investigation".

He confirmed once Brough was caught, he would be charged with escaping lawful custody.

Brough had been arrested at Urunga on Friday after he allegedly tried to steal cash from the Ocean View Hotel.

He is described as Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander in appearance, 154cm tall, with a slim build, weighing 77 kilograms and having short brown hair.

Anyone with information about Corey Brough is urged not to approach him but to instead contact triple-0 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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