Norfolk men fined over £600 after fishing illegally

Christopher Lott, of Church Close, Buxton, Norfolk, was caught fishing without a licence on 13 October 2021 at Belaugh on the River Bure, Wroxham in Norfolk.

Barrie Franklin, of Notykin Street, Norwich, was caught fishing without a licence on 7 October 2021 on the River Bure at Wroxham Broad, Wroxham, Norfolk.

Both cases were heard at Hastings Magistrates’ Court where Lott and Franklin pleaded guilty. The court fined them both £146 and imposed a £34 victim surcharge and £65 each in costs. Both these penalties total £490, this is nearly 11 times more than the current price of a £45 fishing licence.*

Ben Cole, of Northfield Crescent, Wells-next-the-sea, Norfolk, was also caught fishing without a licence on 13 October 2021 at Catch 22 in Lyng, Norfolk.

The case was heard at Hastings Magistrates Court where Cole pleaded guilty. The court fined the 31-year-old £80 and imposed a £34 victim surcharge and £65 in costs.

Enforcement team leader for the Environment Agency, Lesley Robertson, said:

These cases show we pursue offenders through the courts and won’t hesitate to take enforcement action where anglers break rules. Anyone found fishing illegally may face prosecution and a fine of up to £2,500.

All anglers need a valid Environment Agency fishing licence. The money raised through the sales of fishing licences is re-invested and enables us to improve all fisheries, including rivers, for anglers and for wildlife.

Our fisheries enforcement officers routinely undertake licence checks, and we urge anyone with information about illegal fishing to contact us on 0800 807060.

Licences now run 365 days from the day of purchase offering 12 full months of fishing.

Any angler aged 13 or over, fishing on a river, canal or still water needs a licence. A 1-day licence costs from just £6, and an annual licence costs from just £30. Concessions are available. Junior licences are free for 13- to 16-year-olds.

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