Angler fined for fishing without a licence on the River Wansbeck

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An angler has been fined hundreds of pounds for fishing illegally in Northumberland.

Six cases were recently brought by the Environment Agency to Hull Magistrates Court for offences in the North East and Yorkshire, including Jordan Martin Meredith Davies of Granville Court, Walmer, who was found guilty of fishing without a licence at Bothal on the River Wansbeck on February 8, 2023.

Mr Davies was also found guilty of a number of other offences such as using more than one rod and line when fishing for salmonids, fishing for trout in the close season and leaving a rod and line with its bait or hook unattended.

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He was proven guilty in absence and ordered to pay a total penalty of £555. The penalty includes a fine of £300, costs of £135 and a victim surcharge of £120.

The Environment Agency carries out enforcement work all year round and is supported by partners including the police and the Angling Trust.