Nine netted in riverbank raid
NINE anglers in Staffordshire were caught fishing without a licence during a bank holiday blitz.
The Environment Agency carried out the enforcement action over the Diamond Jubilee weekend. Officers targeted fisheries that are known to have a higher-than-average rod licence evasion rate.
Altogether, 171 anglers were checked in Staffordshire and nine offences were recorded.
Environmental crime team leader Al Watson said: "Every licence evasion means less money to spend on protecting and improving the nation's fisheries.
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Valid until: Sunday, June 02 2013
"Anglers will spend a lot of money on fishing tackle, day tickets, bait and travel, so it is disappointing that they fail to buy a £27 rod licence. At 52p per week, it is great value.
"Anglers risk losing their equipment when they avoid buying a licence."
People can purchase a licence at a post office, online by logging onto www.postoffice.co.uk, or by phoning 0844 800 5386.
To set up a direct debit for the licence, email firstname.lastname@example.org.