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Illegal Fishing

Alert message sent 25/06/2020 17:01:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

Dear Citizen,

Country Watch has seen an increase in fish poaching offences. If you are thinking about going out fishing during these Covid times, ask yourself these three simple questions :-

1) Do you have a Rod Licence issued by the Environment Agency?

2) Are you a current member of an angling club?

3) Do you have permission to fish at the location you plan to go fishing?

If you answer ‘No’ to any of these then you are poaching. The Police can seize all your fishing equipment and will consider seizing mobile phones and you will be reported for committing a criminal offence under the Theft Act 1968 and required to attend Court.

Please respect our Countryside, protect our rivers and the environment by fishing within the law.

If you see anyone you believe to be fishing illegally or any suspicious activity please report via 101 and quote "OP Traverse"
Message sent by
Lynn Owen (Police, PC, Hampshire Country Watch)

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