Warning after man fined for fishing without licence in Boston

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The Environment Agency has warned it will clamp down on illegal fishing after a man was forced to pay up £250 for angling without a licence in Boston.

Christopher Marshall pleaded guilty by post to Boston Magistrates Court on July 1 to fishing without a licence at Cowbridge Lock, Cowbridge Drain, opn January 3.

Marshall of Ancaster Avenue, Chapel St Leonards, Skegness, was fined £107, and ordered to pay full costs of £127.47 with a victim surcharge of £20.

He had been reported to the Environment Agency’s 24/7 incident hotline by police.

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.”

Issues can be reported to 0800 807060.

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