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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. 

Come here to see the latest Monthly Prosecutions List of Fishing Licence Offences? They are HERE.

 

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 Support 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.

If you are interested in joining the Voluntary Bailiff Service please complete the VBS Application Form:

 

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

Monthly Prosecutions

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 or advice and guidance letters.

 

August, September and October 2022

TOTAL FINES: £16,854.88
AVERAGE FINE: £366.41

In August on 01 August 2022 at Northampton Magistrates’ Court the offender Kieran Hall aged 29 of Saturn Road, Stoke-on-trent was prosecuted for the offence of False Details at Holden Lane near to Milton on 12/03/2022 and received a verdict of Guilty and was fined with the penalty of £427.00

In August on 01 August 2022 at Northampton Magistrates’ Court the offender Kieran Hall aged 29 of Saturn Road, Stoke-on-trent was prosecuted for the offence of Unlicensed Fishing at Holden Lane near to Milton on 12/03/2022 and received a verdict of Guilty and was fined with the penalty of £427.00

In August on 01 August 2022 at Northampton Magistrates’ Court the offender Kieran Wood aged 32 of 125 Vaughan Way, Leicester was prosecuted for the offence of Close Season Fishing at River Soar At Watermead Country Park near to Leicester on 24/03/2022, received a verdict of Proof In Absence and was fined with the penalty of £575.00

In August on 01 August 2022 at Northampton Magistrates’ Court the offender Kieran Wood aged 32 of 125 Vaughan Way, Leicester was prosecuted for the offence of Unlicensed Fishing at River Soar At Watermead Country Park near to Leicester on 24/03/2022, received a verdict of Proof In Absence and was fined with the penalty of £575.00

In August on 01 August 2022 at Northampton Magistrates’ Court the offender Thomas Roberts aged 24 of Foxglove Drive, Shepshed was prosecuted for the offence of Unlicensed Fishing at Butterley Reservoir near to Ripley on 13/02/2022 and received a verdict of Guilty and was fined with the penalty of £289.00

In August on 30 August 2022 at Wellingborough Magistrates Court the offender Harry Thomas aged 21 of Vaughan Avenue, Grimsby was prosecuted for the offence of Unlicensed Fishing at Louth Canal, Tetney Lock near to Tetney on 14/01/2022 and received a verdict of Guilty and was fined with the penalty of £284.00

In September on 23 September 2022 at Barkingside the offender Gheorghe Dumitru aged 44 of Whippendell Road, Watford was prosecuted for the offence of Close Season Fishing at Watford – River Gade near to on 16/03/2022, received a verdict of Proof In Absence and there was no separate penalrty imposed to the penalty of £389.00

In September on 23 September 2022 at Barkingside the offender Gheorghe Dumitru aged 44 of Whippendell Road, Watford was prosecuted for the offence of Unlicensed Fishing at Watford – River Gade near to on 16/03/2022, received a verdict of Proof In Absence and was fined with the penalty of £389.00

In September on 23 September 2022 at Barkingside the offender Tommy Page aged 22 of Chippingfield, Harlow was prosecuted for the offence of Unlicensed Fishing at Tylers Common Fisheries near to Harold Wood on 31/05/2021, received a verdict of Proof In Absence and was fined with the penalty of £389.00

In September on 26 September 2022 at Northampton Magistrates’ Court the offender David Norman aged 36 of Rhodfa Padarn, Prestatyn was prosecuted for the offence of Unlicensed Fishing at Marchamley Pool near to Hodnet on 21/05/2022, received a verdict of Proof In Absence and was fined with the penalty of £389.00

In September on 26 September 2022 at Northampton Magistrates’ Court the offender Jason Palmer aged 27 of Averill Road, Stafford was prosecuted for the offence of Unlicensed Fishing at Bishton Pools near to Bishton on 24/04/2022, received a verdict of Proof In Absence and was fined with the penalty of £389.00

In September on 26 September 2022 at Northampton Magistrates’ Court the offender Ryan Buck aged 28 of Queens Drive, Crowle was prosecuted for the offence of Close Season Fishing at Pilfrey Bridge – River Torne near to Scunthorpe on 28/05/2022 and received a verdict of Guilty and was fined with the penalty of £367.00

In September on 26 September 2022 at Northampton Magistrates’ Court the offender Ryan Buck aged 28 of Queens Drive, Crowle was prosecuted for the offence of Unlicensed Fishing at Pilfrey Bridge – River Torne near to Scunthorpe on 28/05/2022 and received a verdict of Guilty and was fined with the penalty of £367.00

In September on 26 September 2022 at Northampton Magistrates’ Court the offender Steven Gibbons aged 32 of Cowlishaw Road, Stoke-on-trent was prosecuted for the offence of Unlicensed Fishing at Marchamley Pool near to Hodnet on 21/05/2022, received a verdict of Proof In Absence and was fined with the penalty of £389.00

In September on 28 September 2022 at North Cheshire Magistrates Court Sitting At Runcorn the offender Adrian Buga aged 30 of Alexandra Road, Southport was prosecuted for the offence of Unlicensed Fishing at Leeds Liverpool Canal near to Southport on 19/04/2022, received a verdict of Proof In Absence and was fined with the penalty of £389.00

In September on 14 September 2022 at North Cheshire Magistrates Court Sitting At Runcorn the offender Bradley Hickling aged 29 of Whalley Lane, Blackpool was prosecuted for the offence of Unlicensed Fishing at Clitheroe – River Ribble near to Clitheroe on 21/04/2022 and received a verdict of Guilty and was fined with the penalty of £209.00

In September on 14 September 2022 at North Cheshire Magistrates Court Sitting At Runcorn the offender Joseph Hickling aged 22 of Whalley Lane, Blackpool was prosecuted for the offence of Unlicensed Fishing at Clitheroe – River Ribble near to Clitheroe on 21/04/2022 and received a verdict of Guilty and was fined with the penalty of £209.00

In September on 14 September 2022 at North Cheshire Magistrates Court Sitting At Runcorn the offender Sid John Holland aged 36 of Hallgarth, Marshchapel was prosecuted for the offence of Unlicensed Fishing at Clitheroe – River Ribble near to Clitheroe on 21/04/2022 and received a verdict of Guilty and was fined with the penalty of £209.00

In September on 30 September 2022 at Sussex Eastern Lja Hastings the offender Christopher Collins aged 29 of Overman Close, Stourbridge was prosecuted for the offence of Unlicensed Fishing at Brasenose Lake 1, Linear Fisheries near to Stanton Harcourt on 21/05/2022, received a verdict of Proof In Absence and was fined with the penalty of £389.00

In September on 30 September 2022 at Sussex Eastern Lja Hastings the offender Christopher Kavanagh aged 43 of Thackeray Road, Larkfield was prosecuted for the offence of Unlicensed Fishing at Mousehole Fishery near to East Peckham on 18/06/2022 and received a verdict of Guilty and was fined with the penalty of £116.00

In September on 30 September 2022 at Sussex Eastern Lja Hastings the offender Daniel Churchman aged 32 of Forge Street, Dedham was prosecuted for the offence of Close Season Fishing at The Mill Pool – River Stour near to Dedham on 14/06/2022 and received a verdict of Guilty and was fined with the penalty of £240.00

In September on 30 September 2022 at Sussex Eastern Lja Hastings the offender Freddie Caton aged 29 of Kilndown Close, Ashford was prosecuted for the offence of Unlicensed Fishing at Chequertree Trout And Coarse Fishery near to Bethersden on 26/03/2022, received a verdict of Proof In Absence and was fined with the penalty of £389.00

In September on 30 September 2022 at Sussex Eastern Lja Hastings the offender George Itcor aged 27 of Hillrise Road, Romford was prosecuted for the offence of Close Season Fishing at Brockham – River Mole near to on 02/05/2022, received a verdict of Proof In Absence and was fined with the penalty of £347.47
In September on 30 September 2022 at Sussex Eastern Lja Hastings the offender George Itcor aged 27 of Hillrise Road, Romford was prosecuted for the offence of National Byelaw: OFB10 at Brockham – River Mole near to on 02/05/2022, received a verdict of Proof In Absence and there was no separate penalrty imposed to the penalty of £347.47
In September on 30 September 2022 at Sussex Eastern Lja Hastings the offender James Easterbrook aged 41 of Cable Street, London was prosecuted for the offence of Unlicensed Fishing at Orchard Place Farm near to Paddock Wood on 07/05/2022, received a verdict of Proof In Absence and was fined with the penalty of £389.00

In September on 30 September 2022 at Sussex Eastern Lja Hastings the offender Michael Gray aged 36 of Ambury Road, Huntingdon was prosecuted for the offence of Close Season Fishing at River Great Ouse near to Houghton on 15/06/2022, received a verdict of Proof In Absence and was fined with the penalty of £347.47
In September on 30 September 2022 at Sussex Eastern Lja Hastings the offender Michael Gray aged 36 of Ambury Road, Huntingdon was prosecuted for the offence of Unlicensed Fishing at River Great Ouse near to Houghton on 15/06/2022, received a verdict of Proof In Absence and there was no separate penalrty imposed to the penalty of £347.47
In September on 30 September 2022 at Sussex Eastern Lja Hastings the offender SImon O’neill aged 40 of Guinevere Road, Ifield was prosecuted for the offence of Unlicensed Fishing at Rookwood Lake near to Horsham on 17/06/2022, received a verdict of Proof In Absence and was fined with the penalty of £443.00

In September on 30 September 2022 at Sussex Eastern Lja Hastings the offender Tyler Conway aged 20 of Almshouse Lane, Chessington was prosecuted for the offence of Close Season Fishing at Stew Pond near to Epsom on 21/05/2022 and received a verdict of Guilty and there was no separate penalrty imposed to the penalty of £100.00

In September on 30 September 2022 at Sussex Eastern Lja Hastings the offender Tyler Conway aged 20 of Almshouse Lane, Chessington was prosecuted for the offence of Unlicensed Fishing at Stew Pond near to Epsom on 21/05/2022 and received a verdict of Guilty and was fined with the penalty of £100.00

In September on 23 September 2022 at Swindon the offender Marc Borthwick aged 32 of West View Crescent, Devizes was prosecuted for the offence of Preparing To Fish With No Licence at Golden Pond near to Wherwell on 07/05/2022 and received a verdict of Guilty and was fined with the penalty of £281.00

In September on 27 September 2022 at Wimbledon the offender Terry Mullins aged 53 of Oaklands Estate, London was prosecuted for the offence of Unlicensed Fishing at Stubpond Fishery, Newchapel near to Lingfield on 25/05/2021 and received a verdict of Guilty and the sentence of a Conditional Discharge for 12 Months with the penalty of £107.00

In October on 12 October 2022 at Barkingside the offender Darren Lightfoot aged 47 of Phipps Bridge Road, London was prosecuted for the offence of Close Season Fishing at Morden – River Wandle near to Morden on 02/06/2022 and received a verdict of Guilty and was fined with the penalty of £285.00

In October on 12 October 2022 at Barkingside the offender Darren Lightfoot aged 47 of Phipps Bridge Road, London was prosecuted for the offence of Unlicensed Fishing at Morden – River Wandle near to Morden on 02/06/2022 and received a verdict of Guilty and was fined with the penalty of £285.00

In October on 12 October 2022 at Barkingside the offender Laurie Beaufoy aged 29 of Burnaby Road, Coventry was prosecuted for the offence of False Details at Thorney Weir Lakes (met Pits) near to West Drayton on 03/06/2022, received a verdict of Proof In Absence and there was no separate penalrty imposed to the penalty of £355.00

In October on 12 October 2022 at Barkingside the offender Laurie Beaufoy aged 29 of Burnaby Road, Coventry was prosecuted for the offence of Unlicensed Fishing at Thorney Weir Lakes (met Pits) near to West Drayton on 03/06/2022, received a verdict of Proof In Absence and was fined with the penalty of £355.00

In October on 12 October 2022 at Barkingside the offender Oprea-Mihai Sali aged 51 of Burgess Avenue, London was prosecuted for the offence of Close Season Fishing at Brent Reservoir near to on 08/05/2022, received a verdict of Proof In Absence and was fined with the penalty of £455.00

In October on 12 October 2022 at Barkingside the offender Oprea-Mihai Sali aged 51 of Burgess Avenue, London was prosecuted for the offence of Unlicensed Fishing at Brent Reservoir near to on 08/05/2022, received a verdict of Proof In Absence and was fined with the penalty of £455.00

In October on 24 October 2022 at Northampton Magistrates’ Court the offender Aaron Butler aged 35 of Stanhope Road, Smethwick was prosecuted for the offence of National Byelaw: OFB10 at Highley- River Severn near to Highley on 28/06/2022, received a verdict of Proof In Absence and was fined with the penalty of £443.00

In October on 24 October 2022 at Northampton Magistrates’ Court the offender Ian Brian aged 41 of Beckwith Road, Rotherham was prosecuted for the offence of Unlicensed Fishing at Stainforth And Keadby Canal near to Crowle on 17/04/2022, received a verdict of Proof In Absence and was fined with the penalty of £389.00

In October on 24 October 2022 at Northampton Magistrates’ Court the offender Kevin Mallard aged 35 of Harvest Road, Rowley Regis was prosecuted for the offence of Unlicensed Fishing at Lodge Farm Reservoir (known As Lodge Farm Reservoir) near to Netherton on 25/05/2022, received a verdict of Proof In Absence and was fined with the penalty of £619.00

In October on 24 October 2022 at Northampton Magistrates’ Court the offender Ryan Sims aged 25 of Ayrton Drive, Castle Donington was prosecuted for the offence of National Byelaw: OFB10 at Pride Lakes (hemington) near to on 15/04/2022 and received a verdict of Guilty and was fined with the penalty of £535.00

In October on 24 October 2022 at Northampton Magistrates’ Court the offender Ryan Sims aged 25 of Ayrton Drive, Castle Donington was prosecuted for the offence of Unlicensed Fishing at Pride Lakes (hemington) near to on 15/04/2022 and received a verdict of Guilty and there was no separate penalrty imposed to the penalty of £535.00

In October on 05 October 2022 at Swindon the offender Aramis Laskowski aged 38 of Tyseley Road, Southsea was prosecuted for the offence of Close Season Fishing at Mansbridge – River Itchen near to Eastleigh on 13/05/2022, received a verdict of Proof In Absence and was fined with the penalty of £575.00

In October on 05 October 2022 at Swindon the offender Aramis Laskowski aged 38 of Tyseley Road, Southsea was prosecuted for the offence of Unlicensed Fishing at Mansbridge – River Itchen near to Eastleigh on 13/05/2022, received a verdict of Proof In Absence and was fined with the penalty of £575.00

October on 05 October 2022 at Swindon the offender Slawek Bizozka aged 27 of Chichester Road, Portsmouth was prosecuted for the offence of Close Season Fishing at Mansbridge – River Itchen near to Eastleigh on 13/05/2022, received a verdict of Proof In Absence and was fined with the penalty of £389.00

 

Data Licence:
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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.

‘Absolute Discharge’ 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.

Offence Code and Laymans Terms
OFB08: Exceeded the 3 metre distance between rods
OFB10: Leaving Rod(s) and Line(s) unattended
OFNB3(3): Removed eels or shad by rod and line from any waters
OFRB5: Used an illegal lure or bait
WRA034: Removed any listed freshwater fish by rod and line from any river, stream or drain, or listed water

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.  

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