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Anglers fined after being caught fishing illegally near Bakewell

Four anglers who were caught fishing illegally have all been handed a fine.

James Evans, Tom Evans, Steven Evans and Levi Evans were spotted catching fish near Bakewell and were reeled in by police.

North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates’ Court heard how police found 28 dead trout when they responded to the incident in August last year.

James Evans pleaded guilty to the two offences he had been charged with and the other three had the case proved in their absence.

Magistrates handed each man a fine for their actions and ordered them to pay compensation.

Tim Haines, prosecuting at the Chesterfield-based court, said the incident took place on August 24 at 8.05pm.

He said: “The individuals were seen to be fishing in a stretch of the River Wye near Bakewell. As a result the keeper at the Crestbrook and Litton Fly Fishing Club made contact with the police.

“The group admitted they had left their rods down stream. A total of 28 dead trouts were found, with 24 brown trout and four rainbow trout.”

The court heard how police found 24 of the fish that day, and found four more dead trout the following day, taking the total to 28.

None of the defendants appeared before the magistrate bench.

The legal clerk read out a small statement concerning James Evans which said he was unemployed, but had set up on his own and was hoping to find work.

The prosecutor stated James Evans had fully complied throughout the investigation. He also said he was not aware of any previous convictions for any of the men.

James Evans, of Yarnfield in Staffordshire, pleaded guilty by post to one charge of fish/take fish without a licence with a rod and line and one charge of unlawfully take/destroy/attempt to take/destroy a fish.

Levi Evans, Steven Evans and Tom Evans, of caravan site, Park Hall  Oswestry, were all proved in absence of the same two offences.

James Evans was fined £120, ordered to pay compensation of £147, court costs of £135 and a victim surcharge of £32 – taking his total to pay to £434.

Stephen, Tom and Levi Evans were fined £660, told to pay compensation of £147, court costs of £135 and a £66 victim surcharge – giving them each a total to pay of £1,008.

The court also asked for forfeiture and destruction of the fishing rods and fish.

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