Angling Trust helps provide training for North Yorkshire Police Rural Crime Team

The Angling Trusts Fisheries Enforcement Support Services were recently approached by North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Crime Team and asked if their officers and PCSOs could have some formal training around fishing-related offences.

The aim of the day was to improve their officers’ understanding of fisheries-related crime, health and safety, introduce them to legislation around otters and mink and for the Environment Agency to give some valuable hands-on experience of poaching techniques and what to look out for as well as Salmonoid legislation.

Tony Lyons from Welham Trout Farm, Ellerburn offered the use of his premises as the venue of the training. This turned out to be the perfect setting, so a huge thank you must go out to Tony and to his staff for their hospitality and patience throughout the day.

Officers and PCSOs went through a series of workstations, both hands on and via powerpoints, as part of a multi-agency training event. The Angling Trust were represented on the day by:

  • Kevin Woodcock – North East Regional Enforcement Support Manager
  • Dave Lees – North West Regional Enforcement Support Manager
  • Richard Bamford – Fisheries Management Advisor (North)
  • Janusz Kansic – Angling Trust Building Bridges Project Manager
  • Dave Munt – North East Participations Manager
  • Ian Doyle – Northern Environment Officer, and
  • Sam Hubbard – National Angler Engagement Officer

Also present were John Sherwood and Paul Slater from the Environment Agency, whose involvement as the key agency was a valuable input for all participants.

The Angling Trust and North Yorkshire Police have been working closely with local fishing clubs and as such, representatives from the Pickering Fishing Association were also invited along on the day to see first-hand what training and guidance is given, but also to express the impact fishing related crime has on clubs and individuals.


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