UK. Licence dodging ends in £1,600 fines for Bank Holiday weekend anglers
Thursday, 09 November 2006
A dozen people who went fishing over the Spring Bank Holiday, without buying a fishing licence have landed over £1,600 in fines and costs this week, in prosecutions brought by Environment Agency Wales
At Ammanford Magistrates' Court on 6 November 2006:
Lyndon Mark Tapper of Glan Ebbw Terrace, Ebbw Vale pleaded guilty in writing to fishing without a licence at the Springwater Lakes, Pumpsaint, Carmarthenshire, on 29 April 2006. He was fined £50 with £50 costs.
At Abergavenny Magistrates' Court on 7 November 2006:
The following four men all pleaded guilty to fishing without a licence at Peterstone Lakes, Newport on 1 May 2006. They were fined £75 each and were ordered to pay costs of £50 each.
Alex Dyke of Lillian Grove, Ebbw Vale.
Thomas Deykes, also of Lillian Grove, Ebbw Vale.
Rhys Griffiths of Annes Court, Gwaunhelyg, Ebbw Vale.
Daniel Grist of Court Road, Beaufort, (formerly of The Boulevard, Garden Festival), Ebbw Vale.
At the same court:
Gareth Leek of Hollybush Road, Malpas, Newport pleaded guilty by post to fishing without a licence at Bob Small's Fishery, Woodstock, Newport on 1 May 2006. He was also fined £75 with £50 costs.
Jared Morgan of Wallis Drive, Penpedairheol, Hengoed was seen fishing without a licence at Cwm Hedd, Newport on 1 May 2006. He did not attend or write to the court. The case was proved in his absence, and he was also fined £75 with £50 in costs.
At Cardiff Magistrates' Court on 8 November 2006:
Phillip Bee of Celtic Drive, Caerphilly, Mid Glamorgan pleaded guilty by post to fishing without a licence at Warren Mill, Barry, on 1 May 2006. He was fined £50 with £70 costs.
The following had all been fishing at Cefn Mably on 1 May 2006:
David George of Station Street, Pentwynmawr, Newbridge, Gwent pleaded guilty by post. He was fined £70 with £70 costs.
Anthony George, of the same address neither attended nor wrote to the court. The case was proved in absence and he was fined £100 with £70 costs.
Jan King of Mill Close, Caerphilly and Ben Meese of Rose Hayworth House, The Fairways, Newport, Gwent. Their cases were proved in absence, they were fined £100 each and were ordered to pay £70 each in costs.
Following the cases an Agency spokesperson commented: 'The income from rod licence sales is re-invested in improvements to fisheries. Those who seek to avoid paying for a licence are depriving their fellow anglers of this much-needed income. Our enforcement officers will continue to carry out checks, and we will prosecute offenders as necessary.'
Fishing without a licence is an offence under Section 27(a) of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975.
An Agency rod licence is required if you fish for freshwater fish, eels, trout or salmon in England or Wales and are 12 years old or older. This is in addition to the permit to fish, which the angler buys from the owner of the fishery.
Rod licences can now be obtained by phone - ring 0870 166 2662 (for details see rod licence advert); from our web site www.environment-agency.gov.uk/fish ; or from any post office.
Rod licence duties for 2006-07 season.
1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007
Non-migratory trout, char, freshwater fish (coarse fish) and eels
Full annual £24 Concessionary annual £12
Junior annual £5
8-day temporary £8.50.
1-day temporary £3.25
Salmon, migratory trout (sea trout), non-migratory trout, char, freshwater fish (coarse fish) and eels
Full annual £65
Concessionary annual £32.50
Junior annual £32.50
8-day temporary £20.50
1-day temporary £6.75
Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 November 2006 )