A NEW initiative targeting poaching and illegal fishing has notched up its first success for Alcester police.
As part of Operation Leviathan last Sunday morning (June 26) local officers and Environmental Agency personnel in and around the Mereside Fishery area and around Earlswood Lakes netted five people with no fishing licence, one fishing with more rods than their licence permitted and one person for possession of cannabis.
Operation Leviathan involves officers from both Warwickshire and West Mercia and aims to raise awareness of fish theft, illegal angling and anti-social behaviour around waterways.
Part of the operation will educate anglers who may not understand that it is an offence to take fish from rivers, lakes and waterways without permission.
The blitz aims to stop fish poaching and illegal fishing by:
1) Prevention – offering best advice and education to anglers, private water owners and partner organisations.
2) Intelligence – asking anglers to be observant and report suspicious activity.
3) Enforcement – Officers will patrol riverbanks to tackle crime.
4) Reassurance – by publicising actions arrests, seizures and convictions.
If you have any questions or information regarding the above, contact the team on 101.