Illegal fisherman pursued after undercover operation along Trent River in Burton
A fisherman caught coarse fishing during the closed season became the first successful pursuit of a new partnership in Burton.
The man was fined £ 435 for illegal fishing on the River Trent after being caught by the Burton Trent Partnership in March. The lawsuits were initiated by the Environment Agency.
It was the first bite in the city when the man was caught near the Meadowside Leisure Center in Burton.
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He was one of four men caught fishing and it turned out that he also did not have a pole fishing license, as well as coarse fishing out of season.
John Anderson, of the Burton Trent Partnership, praised the success of the first lawsuit for the initiative and added that there will be more to come.
He said: “One of the men who was fishing did not have a rod fishing license and was out of season. Details were gathered by the Environment Agency official which were recorded on the police officer’s body camera to be used as evidence.
“The necessary evidence has been gathered and it has been turned over to the Legal Department of the Environment Agency in order to decide on the prosecution.
“The Burton Trent Partnership feels this is a very good result as there are a lot of problems along the Trent River. This is just the first chase, they will be more of future stings.
“So far we have had three bites along the Trent River and we have more planned for the future. Anyone caught breaking the law will be prosecuted.
“We at the Burton Trent Partnership believe this is a good result and are showing the angler and the local community that something is being done to address the town’s problems.”
The Burton Trent Partnership has now carried out three injections in the city, with plans for a fourth in the pipeline. They see teams going out along the Trent River in Burton made up of river bailiffs, members of the Coors and Ferry Bridge Angling Club, the Angling Trust, the Environment Agency, the police and East Staffordshire Borough Council.
Mr Anderson added: “After years of being a bailiff along the Trent River through Burton and seeing all the problems, the Burton Trent Partnership was set up to tackle the many problems and see if a solution can be found. “
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