Environment Agency in poaching warning after man from Chapel St Leonards ordered to pay £250 for fishing without licence

The Environment Agency has warned anglers to make sure they have a licence after a court ordered a Chapel St Leonards man to pay £250 for fishing without a licence earlier this year.

Christopher Marshall, of Ancaster Avenue, Chapel St Leonards, Skegness, pleaded guilty by post to Boston Magistrates’ Court on July 1 to fishing without a licence.

He was fined £107, and ordered to pay full costs of £127.47 with a victim surcharge of £20.

He was reported to the Environment Agency’s 24/7 incident hotline number by Lincolnshire Police after he was seen fishing at Cowbridge Lock, Cowbridge Drain, on January 3.

Lesley Robertson, Environmental Crime Team Leader, said: “This prosecution shows how important it is for people to contact us if they suspect to have seen any illegal fishing taking place.

“Every call is worthwhile and helps us to patrol the waterways.

“We monitor the watercourses all year round, carrying out patrols and blitzes as well as responding to reports of suspected illegal fishing.

“To report an environmental incident please call our incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60. This is a 24 hour service that members of the public can report issues such as illegal fishing, distressed fish and blocked watercourses.”

Phone calls from landlines are free, but calls from mobile phones will be charged at normal network operator’s call rates.

Marshall pleaded guilty to fishing without a licence (contrary to Section 27(1)(a) of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975).