Operation LEVIATHAN – and more PROGRESS!

For years, fishery owners and angling clubs have felt impotent in trying to deal with issues such as fishing without permission and fish theft. Why? Because these offences – which are criminal matters – were not properly understood by the police, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), or courts. Confusion abounded, regarding the law and who was…

PROGRESS !

There really isn’t time to write in detail, but it is important, I think, that we cover some news.  Operation TRAVERSE In March I spoke at the Angling Trust East of England Regional Forum, chaired by Kelvin Allen, and in April at Adey Paul’s public meeting in Boston, Lincolnshire, on the Fisheries Enforcement Campaign and…

Fisheries Enforcement Campaign: The Vision Progresses…

It is clear that hitherto, fisheries enforcement has not been appropriately located within the wider frameworks of Rural, Wildlife, Business, Hate and, indeed, Organised Crime. Likewise it is obvious that there has been a pronounced lack of awareness of the wider criminal implications throughout the police service. Moreover, there has been a demonstrable lack of…

Taking Our Issues to Westminster!

Issues due to the cultural differences between migrant anglers from Eastern Europe, who fish for the pot at home, and our conservation-based angling approach, have been widely reported upon over the last ten years. It is crucially important, however, that this issue remains in perspective: there is, for example, no army of Eastern Europeans eating…

Glocks and Kalashnikovs: Fisheries Enforcement Polish Style!

When the Iron Curtain came crashing down in 1989, nobody predicted the effect this would have on angling in Britain. The subsequent membership of the European Union by former communist states in Eastern Europe prompted immigration to Britain – and a clash of angling cultures swiftly followed. Unfortunately this has understandably generated much bad feeling…

Operation Clamp Down 2

Whether or not we agree with having a close season for coarse fish on our rivers, or at least require a change in the dates concerned, the fact remains that at this moment in time it is the law of this land. Serious anglers, however, whatever their view on the matter, are largely responsible and…

Tackling the Tackle Thieves

Angling Trust/SmartWater Crime Fighting Partnership During my days as a serving police officer, one of the most frustrating things was having to return property known to be stolen to the thief, in cases when, for whatever reason, the case could not be proven. Why? Invariably because the stolen property concerned, although recovered from the thief’s…