Rural officers team up with Angling Trust in Marden and Paddock Wood
More than 150 anglers were checked to ensure they were fishing legally as part of a national campaign with officers from the Rural task Force, The Angling Trust and the Environment Agency.
On Sunday, 9 June 2019, the officers visited a number of fisheries including locations in Paddock Wood and Marden on the lookout for people fishing without a licence and poaching fish.
The action formed part of Operation Traverse a partnership effort between police forces and the Angling Trust to actively target those who fish illegally and the crimes that are often associated with the offence.
On Sunday the team checked around 150 anglers to ensure they were fishing legally. A total of 16 fishing offences were evident and action was taken against those without a licence. The officers also gave a cannabis warning to a woman found to be in possession of a small quantity of the drug.
Sergeant Darren Walshaw of Kent Police’s Rural Task Force said: ‘Poaching fresh water fish is a worrying crime for rural communities. Businesses can be devastated by the effects within a relatively short-space of time.
‘Fishing clubs are concerned about the destruction of fish stock and the wider range of criminality that offenders are often linked to. We often get reports of drug and alcohol abuse around the lakes which can present a serious danger given the close proximity of very deep waters.
‘The day’s action formed part of our ongoing commitment to tackle the issue of poaching and support our local fisheries. We will be running similar enforcement days throughout the coming months.’