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Dozens of anglers caught during illegal fishing crackdown on the River Tees

Scores of anglers have been caught fishing illegally during a crackdown.

Neighbourhood police officers joined forces with the Environment Agency to patrol the River Tees as part of a partnership approach to tackling a range of offences.

Around 58 offences, including, fishing for freshwater fish during the close season, fishing without an Environment Agency rod licence, and failing to produce correct details were detected after PCSOs and EA staff carried out boat patrols from the Tees Barrage to Worsall.

The operation ran from March to June during the close season for fishing for freshwater fish on the River Tees, with the season being regulated and enforced by Environment Agency byelaws.

Police also helped deal with anti-social behaviour, illegal fires or drug and alcohol offences along the river.

As reported in The Gazette , Luke Johnson, 26, of Wykeham Close in Redcar , was fined £435, ordered to pay costs of £127, and a victim surcharge of £43 at Teesside Magistrates’ Court last week.

He was charged with fishing during close season and without a rod licence at Preston Park on the River Tees, on April 15, 2017, with the offences proven in his absence.

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “The Rural Crime Forum continues to do great work to tackle offences that cause harm to our communities and these patrols are one step further in building upon the partnership with the Environment Agency.

“We hope to continue these boat patrols throughout the rest of the year.”

Andrew Naylor, Fisheries Enforcement Officer for the Environment Agency said: “The close season is such an important time for the river as it helps to maintain and develop the rivers fish stocks and the patrols cover an area that is otherwise difficult to access.”

Kevin Summerson, Fisheries Enforcement Technical Specialist for the Environment Agency in the North East, said: “Our officers work hard all year round to target illegal fishing and ensure those flouting the law are dealt with appropriately.

“But the close season is a particularly important time of year and allows fish the time to breed and spawn. We’ve been vigilant in looking for anglers who have no respect for close season or the sport.”

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