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Enforcement

Protecting fish and fisheries from poachers and fish thieves and increasing rod licence compliance has to be of great importance to all anglers. The aquatic environment and the sport fishing industry deserve to be protected – and those who cheat honest anglers by not contributing to funding improvements must be brought to book. The Angling Trust has listened carefully to the concerns of anglers, angling clubs, fishery owners and managers, and in partnership with the Environment Agency has devised a very clear vision and strategy to tackle the issues. 

Fisheries Enforcement Support Service

The ‘FESS’ is a partnership between the Angling Trust and Environment Agency and funded by English freshwater fishing licence income. The FESS went ‘live’ on 1st November 2015, following the Angling Trust being awarded the National Angling Strategic Services contract by the Environment Agency.

FESS managers are all retired police officers of immense experience – and, as anglers themselves, perfectly understand the issues faced and required response.

The FESS builds on the groundwork and vision firmly laid between 2012-2015 and exists to support the Environment Agency, the statutory lead on fisheries enforcement, through:

  • Coordinating a multi-agency approach to fisheries crime and compliance, encouraging a partnership approach. 
  • Raising awareness throughout the police service, Crown Prosecution Service and Magistrates’ Association. 
  • Helping advise the police and Agency and helping put things right should the service fall short. 
  • Increasing incoming intelligence and sharing of that information. 
  • Upskilling the angling community through Fisheries Enforcement Workshops and the provision of expert advice to angling clubs and fisheries. 
  • Delivering the Voluntary Bailiff Service throughout England, empowering anglers to contribute to fisheries enforcement. 
  • Delivering the Building Bridges Project, aimed at the education and integration of migrant anglers. 

Please do not hesitate to contact your Regional Enforcement Manager for professional enforcement advice. Contact details can be found here.

Voluntary Bailiff Service

The Voluntary Bailiff Service is an increasingly important partnership between the Angling Trust and Environment Agency, empowering anglers to support the police and Agency in fighting back against fisheries crime and protecting fish and fisheries. The VBS initiative continues to be enormously successful, driving forward positive change.

Effective enforcement today is ‘intelligence-led’, relying upon incoming calls and information. This country has a long and proud history of volunteering, the police, for example, have received essential support from the Special Constabulary for many years and now have 500,000 Police Support Volunteers nationally.

Indeed, in Eastern Europe, government fisheries officers are supported by a huge army of volunteers – 5,000 in Poland alone – and in Holland, Royal Sportfisserij Nederland effectively manages and administers fisheries enforcement volunteers.

The Voluntary Bailiff Service, therefore, is a unique opportunity for freshwater anglers in England to positively contribute towards supporting the Environment Agency and police in protecting fish and fisheries.

Following a hugely successful pilot project in South East England between 2012 and 2015, the VBS revolves entirely around training Volunteer Bailiffs to report incidents and information to the appropriate agency and to a high evidential standard, thereby increasing the chances of successful prosecutions.

The VBS is inclusive, embracing volunteers from all age groups, sexes and ethnicities and we particularly welcome applications from the BAME community. The Angling Trust is also a member of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.

 

 

 
 

A Voluntary Bailiff examines a recovered hoop net with an Environment Agency Fisheries Enforcement Officer

Due to health and safety considerations, the volunteers are not expected to approach anglers on the bank – but report what they see and hear. It emphasises how vitally important reporting is and calls should be made to the 24-hour Environment Agency incident hotline 0800 80 70 60.

The VBS is currently administered by six regions throughout England, each run by an Angling Trust Regional Enforcement Manager, who works very closely with the Environment Agency and police. Each region is sub-divided into areas, each with an Environment Agency Fisheries Enforcement Officer acting as a Single Point of Contact, liaising with a volunteer serving as an Area Co-ordinator.

Training is provided by Angling Trust staff, who are both retired police officers and anglers; the Environment Agency; UK National Wildlife Crime Unit or local police, and the Fish Health Inspectorate.

Volunteers receive a pocketbook, identity card and Angling Trust clothing. Most importantly, access is provided to the secure VBS website for reporting purposes and information sharing. All volunteers must be over 18 years of age.

Annually, the VBS participates in Operation CLAMPDOWN with the Environment Agency and police, cracking down on illegal fishing during the coarse close season. This is a perfect opportunity to promote and increase partnership working, intelligence gathering and sharing – and for Volunteer Bailiffs to work directly with the professionals on joint patrols. During the 2019 close season, Operation CLAMPDOWN ran for the seventh consecutive year. Volunteer Bailiffs throughout England demonstrated their massive commitment to protecting fish and fisheries and cracking down on licence cheats by logging 3,650 patrols and reporting 131 incidents to the Environment Agency and police during ‘OCD7’.

All anglers can help this process, in fact – at any time of year – by reporting information and offences in progress to the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60, or the police on 101/999 as appropriate.

We are now receiving applications for 2021 VBS recruitment. To express an interest, please contact the Angling Trust’s National Volunteers Manager, indicating where in England you are based: [email protected]

 

What our volunteers say

“The Voluntary Bailiff Service has taken a step into the future and utilised the biggest asset that the angling world has, the anglers themselves.” 

“I honestly believe the VBS is a fantastic step for fishery enforcement and protection. The concept is extremely simple, however the information that can be received from it could be crucial in tackling many issues that the angling world faces.”  – Becky, East of England

“Becoming a Voluntary Bailiff has enhanced my job as a police wildlife officer and opened the doors to many new contacts in the angling and fishery businesses to assist with joint Patrols.”  – Nick, South West

“Great Training, information and advice. Flexible times and locations to suit you. A very enjoyable cause. Come and join us.”  – Terry, South West

“For me, Joining the Voluntary Bailiff Service is a way I can give something back to the community, making good use of my retirement. It is not about catching people doing wrong, for me the reward comes from educating and helping people do things right, both in terms of legalities but also in looking after our waters and wildlife.”  – Clifford, Midlands

“I guess I got to an age when I felt the need to give something back to the sport of angling. I was already a club bailiff and the Voluntary Bailiff Service seemed to be a natural extension of what the clubs were doing individually already. I firmly believe that the work I have done in my area has had a huge impact. I strongly urge all anglers who have some spare time to get involved.”  – Michael, North West

“The Voluntary Bailiff Service is a very important and vital organisation for us as anglers. As a Voluntary Bailiff I can help to protect our beautiful sport.” – Maciej, South East

“The updating of the electronic database is quick and easy and can be used by anyone without IT knowledge.”  – Ben, VB and PCSO

“Got to say I had a great time meeting and patrolling with you all. Great place and great people. Days like that are what life is about. Plenty of people asked me what the Angling Trust was about, it was great to get such a positive reaction.”  – Graeme, North East

Paul, an Environment Agency Fisheries Enforcement Officer, contacted us to say: “I carried out a joint patrol on Thursday with one of your VBS bailiffs. I just want to say what a credit he is to the VBS. From my perspective he is exactly what the VBS was set up for. Even if he doesn’t note any illegal activities, we know that on a regular basis the key areas are being covered without using EA resources, allowing us to focus in other areas.”

 

Fishing Licence Offences

Prosecutions made in May 2021

The Angling Trust encourages all anglers to comply with the law and buy an Environment Agency rod licence at www.gov.uk/fishing-licences/buy-a-fishing-licence

The funds raised from licence sales are spent on improving fish stocks and promoting angling, including several programmes of work delivered by the Angling Trust itself.

This data is provided periodically by the Environment Agency, and only refers to prosecutions of anglers that were conducted by courts in England in the month stated.

It does not include resolutions by way of cautions , warning letters and, advice and guidance letters.

Court Offender Name Age Address Hearing Date Offence Location Nearest Town Offence Date Offence Verdict Sentence Penalty
Derby Alisha Penney 20 Doxey Road, Stafford 24/05/2021 River Wye, Upperdale Farm To Netherdale Farm, Monsal Dale Buxton 15/04/2020 Theft Of Fish: TA002 Proof In Absence Fined £389.00
Derby Ben Jones 21 Victoria Road, Cogenhoe 24/05/2021 Ashford In The Water – River Wye 07/05/2020 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £499.00
Derby Ben Jones Close Season Fishing No Separate Penalty Imposed
Derby James Dean Biddle 23 Pokas Cottages, Chelveston 24/05/2021 Ashford In The Water – River Wye 07/05/2020 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £259.00
Derby James Dean Biddle Close Season Fishing No Separate Penalty Imposed
Derby Samson Burton 19 Manchester Road, Carrington 24/05/2021 Ashford In The Water – River Wye 07/05/2020 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £499.00
Derby Samson Burton Close Season Fishing No Separate Penalty Imposed
Doncaster Justas Valaitis 31 Ash Tree Road, Thorne 19/05/2021 River Torne Epworth 14/11/2020 National Byelaw: WRA034 Guilty Fined £222.00
Hull And Holderness Alexandru Colcerlu 31 Crescent Street, Grimsby 13/05/2021 Pasture Wood Fishery Barton Upon Humber 11/11/2020 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £258.00
Hull And Holderness Allan Cooke 56 Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes 13/05/2021 River Ancholme Brigg 11/11/2020 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £392.00
Hull And Holderness Barry Winkworth 33 Second Avenue, Grimsby 27/05/2021 Hunters Lodge Fisheries Elsham 27/11/2020 Preparing To Fish With No Licence Proof In Absence Fined £389.00
Hull And Holderness Benjamin Vernon 24 Brooke Street, Hoyland 06/05/2021 Wombwell Dam Barnsley 10/12/2020 Unlicensed Fishing Proof In Absence Fined £389.00
Hull And Holderness Billy Morgan 22 Catford Close, Hull 27/05/2021 Mill Farm, Leven Beverley 20/01/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £215.00
Hull And Holderness Daniel Newport 28 Haycroft Street, Grimsby 25/05/2021 Hunters Lodge Fisheries Elsham 27/11/2020 Preparing To Fish With No Licence Proof In Absence Fined £389.00
Hull And Holderness David Hull 19 Marshall Terrace, Leeds 06/05/2021 Birkwood Farm Lake Wakefield 17/11/2020 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £209.00
Hull And Holderness David Stovin 29 Frome Road, Hull 27/05/2021 Beverley Beck End – River Hull Beverley 20/03/2021 Close Season Fishing Proof In Absence Fined £389.00
Hull And Holderness Dominik Charles Dear 29 Westbourne Grove, Scarborough 27/05/2021 Emmotland Ponds (formerly Langholme Hill Lakes) Driffield 30/03/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Proof In Absence Fined £389.00
Hull And Holderness Elton Williams 50 Edgemere, Scunthorpe 13/05/2021 Stainforth & Keadby Canal (basin Area) Keadby 14/11/2020 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £170.00
Hull And Holderness Grant Haywood 47 Queen Street, Doncaster 06/05/2021 Delves Pond Thorne 13/11/2020 False Details Guilty No Separate Penalty Imposed £135.00
Hull And Holderness Grant Haywood Preparing To Fish With No Licence Proof In Absence Fined £600.00
Hull And Holderness James Mouer 26 Brecon Avenue, Brecon Street, Hull 06/05/2021 Fossehill Shooting Ground Beverley 07/12/2020 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £235.00
Hull And Holderness Joseph Woods 18 Poole Road, Leeds 06/05/2021 Birkwood Farm Lake Wakefield 17/11/2020 Unlicensed Fishing Proof In Absence Fined £389.00
Hull And Holderness Keith Fields 46 Leasowe Close, Leeds 27/05/2021 Birkwood Farm Lake Wakefield 21/03/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £265.00
Hull And Holderness Lewis Hird 22 Moorland Road, Goole 27/05/2021 Aire & Calder Canal Goole 13/11/2020 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £315.00
Hull And Holderness Lewis Hird False Details No Separate Penalty Imposed
Hull And Holderness Marcin Stawinski 43 Spring Bank, Kingston Upon Hull 27/05/2021 Beverley Beck End – River Hull Beverley 19/03/2021 Close Season Fishing Proof In Absence Fined £389.00
Hull And Holderness Mark Hewitt 50 Welbeck Close, Inkersall 06/05/2021 Stainforth & Keadby Canal Thorne 30/12/2020 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £345.00
Hull And Holderness Paul Evans 49 Ash Grove, Riccall 27/05/2021 Yeadon Tarn Yeadon 26/03/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £299.00
Hull And Holderness Sam Langrick 30 Woodland Drive, Anlaby 06/05/2021 Market Weighton Canal Howden 08/01/2021 False Details Guilty Fined £289.00
Hull And Holderness Sam Langrick Unlicensed Fishing No Separate Penalty Imposed
Hull And Holderness Shane Young 33 Beck Hill, Barton-upon-humber 27/05/2021 Pasture Wood Fishery Barton Upon Humber 29/03/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £291.00
Hull And Holderness Shane Young False Details No Separate Penalty Imposed
Hull And Holderness Stefan Scutariu 23 Crescent Street, Grimsby 13/05/2021 Pasture Wood Fishery Barton Upon Humber 11/11/2020 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £223.00
Hull And Holderness Stephen Collinson 45 Gamble Hill Grange, Leeds 27/05/2021 Birkwood Farm Lake Wakefield 21/03/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Proof In Absence Fined £389.00
Hull And Holderness Stephen Holmes 38 Caldane, Hull 27/05/2021 Beverley Beck End – River Hull Beverley 20/03/2021 Close Season Fishing Guilty Fined £266.00
Hull And Holderness Stuart Granger 24 Manchester Square, New Holland 27/05/2021 River Ancholme, Brigg – Broughton – River Ancholme Broughton 04/01/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £209.00
Hull And Holderness Stuart Marr 49 Castle Street, Melbourne 06/05/2021 Chollerford Weir, North Tyne Hexham 20/10/2020 Regional Byelaw: OFEARB6 Guilty Fined £269.00
Hull And Holderness Tony Johnson 53 Derwent Drive, Humberston 13/05/2021 Pasture Wood Fishery Barton Upon Humber 31/12/2020 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £231.00
Liverpool Magistrates’
Court
Christopher Jervis 31 Edgemoor Drive, Fazakerley 05/05/2021 Farlows Lake Iver 12/10/2020 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £209.00
Newcastle Upon Tyne Daniel Slone 31 Eastgate, Morpeth 14/05/2021 Bolam Lake Morpeth 02/05/2020 Unlicensed Fishing Proof In Absence Fined £269.00
North Cheshire Jason Corless 39 Wheatfield Mews, Lancaster 05/05/2021 Lancaster Canal – Kendal Kendal 27/01/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Proof In Absence Fined £619.00
North Cheshire Jason Darlington 51 Church Lane, Stoak 05/05/2021 Grove Fisheries Chester 20/12/2020 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £335.00
North Cheshire Paul Stuart Harrison 39 Littledale Avenue, Heysham 05/05/2021 Lancaster Canal – Kendal Kendal 27/01/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Proof In Absence Fined £619.00
Single Justice Procedure –
North West
Liam O Kane 57 Tinker Brook Close, Oswaldtwistle 05/05/2021 Ogden Reservoir Haslingden 27/11/2020 Preparing To Fish With No Licence Guilty Fined £68.00
Single Justice Procedure –
South East
Jack Randall 23 Wilton Avenue, Eastbourne 27/05/2021 Monk Lakes Maidstone 12/12/2020 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £281.00
Southend On Sea Anthony Wynnick 53 Jessop Road, Stevenage 12/05/2021 Timberland Fishery Harlow 26/09/2020 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £199.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Alan McGrady 54 Wren Road, Sidcup 27/05/2021 Orchard Place Farm Paddock Wood 21/03/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £317.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Aleksejs Ustinovs 45 Old Mead Road, Wick 27/05/2021 Stopham Bridge – River Arun Pulborough 27/02/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Proof In Absence Fined £389.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Allan Smith 30 High Street, Carshalton 27/05/2021 Stew Pond Epsom 23/03/2021 Close Season Fishing Guilty Conditional Discharge: 12 Months £157.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Andre Korzinins 40 Old Mead Road, Wick 27/05/2021 Stopham Bridge – River Arun Pulborough 27/02/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Proof In Absence Fined £389.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Bradley Pearson 24 Burwash Common, Etchingham 27/05/2021 Barden Lake Tonbridge 13/03/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £222.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Cameron Lumsden 22 Underwood Close, Kennington 27/05/2021 Lovelace Farm Fishery Bethersden 28/03/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Proof In Absence Fined £389.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Charles Willmott 27 Steers Mead, Mitcham 27/05/2021 Stew Pond Epsom 23/03/2021 Close Season Fishing Proof In Absence Fined £389.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Dalton Jay 22 Bigod Road, Bungay 27/05/2021 Darrow Farm Fishery Diss 01/04/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £315.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Danny Stowers 34 St. Chads Road, Tilbury 27/05/2021 Puddledock Farm Fishery Upminster 27/02/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Proof In Absence Fined £389.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
David Lye 47 Bow Arrow Lane, Dartford 27/05/2021 Mousehole Fishery East Peckham 13/03/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £377.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Dylan George 22 Mayplace Avenue, Crayford 27/05/2021 Orchard Place Farm Paddock Wood 21/03/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £277.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Elliott Jack Brooks 33 Shirley Avenue, Bexley 21/05/2021 Frant Lakes Frant 01/09/2019 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £99.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Florin Mihai 38 Hill View Drive, London 27/05/2021 Gallions Lake Thamesmead 05/03/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £315.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Gary Bessant 41 Standfield Road, Dagenham 27/05/2021 Elphicks Farm Lakes Horsmonden 06/03/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £435.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Harry Troke 22 Osterberg Road, Dartford 27/05/2021 Orchard Place Farm Paddock Wood 21/03/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £288.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Hasan Marinov 29 Ruskin Way, London 27/05/2021 Royal Mills – River Mole Esher 14/03/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £215.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Hristiyan Kolev 29 Roding Lane North, Woodford Green 27/05/2021 Albans Lakes (formerly Known As Willows Lakes) London Colney 07/11/2020 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £344.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Jacob Wood 27 Skinners Way, Langley 27/05/2021 Sams Lakes Headcorn 20/12/2020 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £319.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Jamie McBride 24 Stradbroke Road, Gorleston 27/05/2021 Potter Heigham – River Thurne 17/12/2020 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £242.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
John Luke Goord 27 Cherry Avenue, Yapton 27/05/2021 Coultershaw Mill – Western River Rother Petworth 27/02/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £379.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Joshua Bess 21 Sandy Crescent, Great Wakering 27/05/2021 Shoebury Park Lake Shoebury 06/03/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £294.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Joshua Lambley 25 Coventry Road, Tonbridge 27/05/2021 Ballast Pit, Haysden Country Park Tonbridge 13/03/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Proof In Absence Fined £389.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Kristy Knowlden 30 Tainter Road, Hadlow 27/05/2021 Ballast Pit, Haysden Country Park Tonbridge 13/03/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Proof In Absence Fined £389.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Nathanial Rabbitt 21 Sevenoaks Road, Borough Green 27/05/2021 Mousehole Fishery East Peckham 02/12/2020 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £348.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Peter Upperton 38 Crowborough Drive, Warlingham 27/05/2021 Monk Lakes Maidstone 12/12/2020 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £294.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Ricky Morgan 38 Tennyson Road, Dartford 27/05/2021 Elphicks Farm Lakes Horsmonden 06/03/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Proof In Absence Fined £389.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Robert Burr 56 Parsonage Chase, Minster On Sea 27/05/2021 Elphicks Farm Lakes Horsmonden 02/12/2020 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Conditional Discharge: 12 Months £157.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Robert Smith 32 Lawrence Road, Tonbridge 27/05/2021 Shirkoak Fishery Woodchurch 20/12/2020 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £315.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Ryan Batchelor 41 Wilton Avenue, Eastbourne 27/05/2021 Monk Lakes Maidstone 12/12/2020 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £281.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Ryan Harrison 25 Palfrey Place, Halesworth 27/05/2021 Darrow Farm Fishery Diss 01/04/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £302.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Steven Btammar 50 Braeburn Way, Kings Hill 27/05/2021 Elphicks Farm Lakes Horsmonden 06/03/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Proof In Absence Fined £389.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Thomas Smith 28 Gainsborough Road, Rainham 27/05/2021 Elphicks Farm Lakes Horsmonden 06/03/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £215.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
Wesley Sanderson 32 Sea Street, Herne Bay 27/05/2021 Lovelace Farm Fishery Bethersden 28/03/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £269.00
Sussex Eastern Lja
Hastings
William Smith 22 Church Field, Snodland 27/05/2021 Orchard Place Farm Paddock Wood 21/03/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Proof In Absence Fined £389.00
Swindon Daniel Reep 50 Stoke Hills, Farnham 06/05/2021 Meon Springs Petersfield 26/09/2020 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £419.00
Swindon Danny Woodley 47 Sandhurst Road, London 06/05/2021 Riverside Park – River Itchen Southampton 06/12/2020 Close Season Fishing Guilty Fined £319.00
Swindon Marcus Gage 54 Latimer Street, Romsey 20/05/2021 Broadlands Lake Romsey 03/01/2021 Unlicensed Fishing Guilty Fined £114.00
Swindon Paul Baldock 39 Grove Road, Bournemouth 06/05/2021 Orchard Lakes New Milton 06/12/2020 Unlicensed Fishing Proof In Absence Fined £389.00
Swindon Paul Baldock Total: £24,702.00

 

Data Licence:
The Limited Licence granted by the Angling Trust to use the information on this web page will automatically expire 1 calendar month from the date that it is first uploaded to the Angling Trust website. For the avoidance of doubt this varies the limited licence described elsewhere in this website’s Limited Notice.

Monthly Fisheries Prosecutions.
Frequently Asked Questions and Glossary of Terms

FAQs
1. I didn’t know about the court hearing date, what can I do? You can contact the Magistrates Court and ask for the case to be re-opened. www.find-court-tribunal.service.gov.uk/courts

2. Why are the outcomes different for the same offence? At each hearing, the Magistrates take into consideration: the facts of the case, the attitude of the offender, any mitigation offered by the offender and their ability to pay any financial punishment.

Glossary of Terms
‘Penalty’ The penalty is what offender has to pay. It comprises the sum of the fine for the offence committed; a contribution to the Environment Agency costs; the Criminal Court Charge and a victim surcharge. The fine and victim surcharge is decided by the Magistrates hearing the case on the day. Fines go to the treasury. Costs go to the Environment Agency and contribute to the cost incurred in taking the case to court. Victim Surcharge goes to a specific fund for victims of crime. See: http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk/sentencing/victim-surcharge.htm

‘proof in absence’ The defendant did not enter a plea at the time their case was heard. The Court convicted the person in their absence.

‘Abs. Disch.’ The defendant is guilty but no fine is imposed

‘conditional discharge’ The defendant is guilty but no fine is imposed. There are conditions attached to the discharge: if re-offending occurs within the period of the discharge, the defendant can be sentenced for the original offence and the new one.

‘forfeiture order’ Equipment used in the offence is taken from the defendant and destroyed.

‘disqualification order’ The defendant is disqualified for a period of time, from holding or obtaining a fishing licence. You can’t fish during the period of disqualification.

Operation TRAVERSE and Operation LEVIATHAN

 

 

Poaching – fishing without permission – and fish theft, along with anti-social behaviour and other crime at fisheries are of great concern to all anglers.

Whilst the police deal with criminal matters, the Environment Agency is the statutory lead agency on fisheries enforcement. Essentially, this largely involves rod licence compliance and fisheries offences. Clearly then, the police and Agency have distinct roles – and must work smarter together.

To encourage this, in November 2014 Operation TRAVERSE, targeting poaching and fish theft, was launched at Lincolnshire Police headquarters, followed in June 2015, by Operation LEVIATHAN, launched at West Mercia Police headquarters. Most forces in the country now subscribe to one or other, ensuring that the Agency receives better support and anglers an improved service.

We must all understand that the system is ‘intelligence-led’, meaning that every incoming call and piece of information is vital. Indeed, the statistics arising are what quantify problems and arguments for more resources.

It is crucial that crimes in progress are reported to the police (police advise using 999 if appropriate), and fisheries offences to the Agency on 0800 80 70 60.