Nottinghamshire man given £467 penalty for illegal fishing

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On Monday 16 December 2013, James Greaves, of Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, pleaded guilty at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court to one charge relating to illegal fishing at Bank End Fishery near Doncaster.

He was fined £100 and ordered to pay £347 in costs, along with a £20 victim surcharge.

The court heard that on 25 May 2013 Mr Greaves was approached by an Environment Agency Enforcement Officer while fishing at Bank End Fishery and admitted to not having a rod licence.

In court Mr Greaves pleaded not guilty and claimed he did not know he needed a licence to fish. The court advised that this was not an acceptable defence and he subsequently changed his plea to guilty.

Speaking after the case, an Environment Agency Enforcement Officer in charge of the investigation, said:

“No matter where anglers choose to fish in England, they need a rod licence. The money raised by the sale of rod licences helps us to carry out vital work to help maintain, develop and protect fisheries. This case sends out a clear message that we will not hesitate to prosecute individuals when they do not abide by the law.”

Illegal fishing can be reported to the Environment Agency hotline on 0800 80 70 60. You can also report illegal fishing and any other information on environmental crime, anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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