Man fined for fishing without a licence

Court news.
Court news.

An angler who wanted a bit of ‘time to himself’ after the birth of his child made a rod for his own back after not renewing his fishing licence.

Christopher Jow, of Medlock Place, Boston, appeared at the town’s magistrates’ court on Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to fishing or taking fish without a licence.

Prosecuting for the Environment Agency Berys Brickles said Jow was spotted by a water bailiff fishing with one rod and line on the South Forty Foot Drain on August 8 last year.

He said, when asked to produce a licence Jow could only show one which had expired in March and a check showed no other licences which would cover the date.

Jow, who was late to the court, apologised and told Magistrates it was his ‘own fault’.

He said: “I’d just had a baby and I didn’t think. I just went fishing to have a bit of time with myself and forgot to renew my licence.”

Jow’s licence was renewed the next time he went fishing on September 5.

Magistrates ordered Jow to pay a £50 fine, £20 victim surcharge and £127.47 costs.

An EA spokesman said the agency could not comment on specific cases but took the opportunity to remind people to renew their licence.

They added: “The money raised through the sales of rod licences is re-invested and enables us to improve all fisheries including rivers for anglers. Our officers routinely undertake licence checks and we urge anyone with information about illegal fishing activities to contact us.”

Licences can be bought by calling 0844 800 5386, visiting any Post Office or by visiting www.environment-agency.gov.uk/rodlicence