ON THE SCENE: Coffs Clarence Police are investigating Wednesday night’s armed robbery at the Deep Sea Fishing Club.
ON THE SCENE: Coffs Clarence Police are investigating Wednesday night’s armed robbery at the Deep Sea Fishing Club. Frank Redward

Fishos come back fighting after latest setback

THE Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club won't be defeated.

This week's armed robbery hasn't deterred management or staff working hard to return the club to its glory days, according to general manager Carl Mower.

Five masked men armed with knives and hammers entered the club as staff were closing on Wednesday around 9.45pm, demanding cash from registers and a safe.

No one was injured during the robbery, however the offenders did escape with alcohol and a sum of money.

Mr Mower conceded the event was a blow after what's been a turbulent few months for the club.

"It's a kick in the guts for us definitely, but we'll come back fighting," he said.

"We've got some big events coming up including our Easter Classic so we're hoping the community shows its support.

"We also launched our new lunch menu yesterday, with $10 meals for members and $12 meals for non-members."

He said it was back to business with the club opening as usual on Thursday morning.

"We had some pretty good support with people coming through the door and everyone's been really positive."

Mr Mower joined police in praising the two attendants involved in the hold-up.

"They're both young guys, around 21, but it's an unfortunate fact of life that this sort of thing can happen in this industry.

"Luckily they had just gone through all their training when we reopened in December so they knew how to respond."

Police are reviewing CCTV footage and forensic evidence as part of their investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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