Federal MP's son arrested: robbery

Ned Saffin, with his mother, Federal MP for Page Janelle Saffin
Ned Saffin, with his mother, Federal MP for Page Janelle Saffin

FEDERAL MP for Page Janelle Saffin's son, Edward 'Ned' Saffin, has been named as one of the men arrested over last night's armed robbery of a bowling club.

Police arrested and charged three men over the armed robbery of the East Lismore Bowling Club last night.

A fourth man is now in police custody in relation to the robbery and is expected to front court later today.

This afternoon, police raided a unit in Cromer Street, Lismore, believed to be the current residence of Mr Saffin.

Police reportedly removed paper bags containing evidence from the unit.

Ms Saffin, in a statement to the media, said this was a 'very difficult time' for her as a mother.

"My son has been struggling with mental health issues and substance abuse for many years," the statement said.

"As this matter is now within the justice system, I cannot comment further."

Three of the accused appeared before Lismore Local Court today. Joshua Southgate and Mr Saffin did not apply for bail.

Kristopher William Smith applied for bail but was denied.

Just before 9pm last night, a female bar attendant was locking up the club in Nielson Street when she was confronted by two men, allegedly armed with a rifle, who had smashed their way through a glass panel.

The men forced the 47-year-old employee to lie on the floor as they stole the takings.

It’s alleged they fled the premises in the company of two other men.

The woman was not injured, although she suffered shock as a result of the hold-up.

Richmond Local Area Command police responded quickly to the robbery and a short time later, located one man in a car and a second in a neighbouring street.

Officers later attended an address in Phyllis Street, Lismore, and arrested a third man.

Police allegedly recovered the stolen money during the arrests.

The local men, aged 23, 24 and 26, were taken to the Lismore Police Station and charged with aggravated robbery whilst armed and in company.

They were refused police bail and ordered to appear before the Lismore Local Court later today.

Anyone with information about the matter is urged to contact Lismore Police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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