Rugby police launch crackdown on illegal fishing - The Rugby Observer

Rugby police launch crackdown on illegal fishing

Andy Morris 20th Jul, 2017   0

A CRACKDOWN on illegal fishing and anti-social behaviour at borough water courses and fisheries has begun.

Officers from Rugby Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), The Angling Trust, The Environment Agency and Carol Cotterill, Rural Crime Coordinator for Warwickshire, visited eight sites in the Rugby area – including ones in Wolvey, Rugby and Coombe Abbey – checking for fishing licences and anti-social behaviour offences.

A total of 52 licences were checked, with seven anglers issued with tickets by enforcement officers from The Environment Agency, for fishing without a licence. One angler was found to have no car insurance and has been reported for summons.

It was one of this year’s first operations for Operation Leviathan – a multi-force, multi-agency crackdown tackling fish poaching, theft and anti-social behaviour in and around watercourses.

PC Stuart Baker from Rugby SNT said: “We are very aware of the impact anti-social behaviour and illegal angling can have on the local community and area.

“Working in partnership is key – it allows us to have a strong presence for the public’s safety and to protect the waterways and prevent further anti-social behaviour and fish theft.”

Richard Nightingale, a Fisheries Enforcement Officer from the Environment agency, said: “Working together with partner agencies to tackle illegal fishing, theft of fish, other fishery offences along with tackling anti-social behaviour associated with these offences, means a more joined up partnership approach where we can share intelligence, information and utilise each agency’s differing skills to ensure a safer community for all.

“We will continue to work together and proactively target persons who continue to commit offences.”

Dilip Sarkar, National Enforcement Manager for the Angling Trust, said: “This is a perfect example of partnership working in action, the police, Environment Agency and our Voluntary Bailiff Service all working together to protect fish and fisheries, and crackdown on fisheries related rural and wildlife crime.

“This sends out a very strong message and makes our waterways safer for the enjoyment of all. We are very grateful to all involved.”

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