Cheat anglers caught in net

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ENVIRONMENT Agency bailiffs netted 24 illegal anglers in a crackdown on people found at South Yorkshire rivers, canals and still-water fisheries without rod licences.

Officers checked the licences of around 400 anglers and those caught without could face fines of up to £2,500.

Peter Mischenko, fisheries officer for the Environment Agency, said: “The message from this blitz is very clear - if you are thinking about going out to fish without a licence, the likelihood is you are going to get caught. It can cost as little as £27 to buy a licence, on the phone, online or at a post office. Those who choose not to are not only breaking the law but cheating honest anglers.”

All the money the Environment Agency receives from rod licence sales is spent improving fisheries, disease control, restocking and habitat improvement.