Corey Brough escaped from police custody at Coffs Harbour on Saturday.
Corey Brough escaped from police custody at Coffs Harbour on Saturday. Police Media

Man on run after escaping cell

A MAN is on the run after an embarrassing breakout from Coffs Harbour Police Station.

His extraordinary escape is now the subject of an investigation by senior management who will also review security, policy and procedures at the police station.

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 police station.

But at 11.10am he somehow 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.

A large scale search was unable to find him but his t-shirt was found dumped in Lyster Street.

Police allege Brough had entered Urunga’s Ocean View Hotel at 3pm on Friday and made his way to a store room near the bar.

He allegedly grabbed a cash tray containing $50 and $20 notes from a cupboard but a male employee challenged him.

He tried to flee but the employee yelled for help and three patrons tackled him.

They held him down while they waited for police to arrive. Officers converged on the scene, arrested him and took him to Coffs Harbour Police Station where he was subsequently charged.

Inspector Chris Clarke said Brough had no connections on the Coffs Coast and he was thought to be travelling to Sydney, where he has links at Westmead.

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 contact 000 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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