Fishing illegally costs two anglers from Evesham almost £600 - The Evesham Observer

Fishing illegally costs two anglers from Evesham almost £600

Evesham Editorial 21st Nov, 2023 Updated: 21st Nov, 2023   0

A PAIR OF Evesham anglers have been found guilty of fishing illegally in cases brought by the Environment Agency to Northampton Magistrates Court.

John Barnett, 51, of Orchard Place, pleaded guilty to fishing without a licence on 22 June 2023 at Manor Farm Fishery. He was ordered to pay a total penalty of £247, including a fine of £80, costs of £135 and a victim surcharge of £32.

Darius Dee, 21, of Ellison Close, also pleaded guilty to fishing without a licence at the same venue on the same day. He was ordered to pay a total penalty of £339, including a fine of £146, costs of £135 and a victim surcharge of £58.

An annual fishing licence currently costs from £33.

Following the verdict, Nichola Tomlinson, Fisheries Enforcement Team Leader for the Environment Agency, said: “This case shows how seriously the courts take these offences and both men have been rightly punished for fishing without a licence.

“We hope the cases act as a reminder to anglers of the importance of having a rod licence before they go fishing and deter them from fishing illegally.




“All of the money raised from rod licence sales is used to protect and improve fish stocks and fisheries for the benefit of anglers. For those caught cheating the system, we will always prosecute.”

Income from rod licence sales is used to fund Environment Agency work to protect and improve fish stocks and fisheries, including improving habitats for fish and facilities for anglers, tackling illegal fishing and working with partners to encourage people to give fishing a go.


Any angler aged 13 or over, fishing on a river, canal or still water needs a licence to fish. A 1-day licence costs from just £6.60, and an annual licence costs from £33 with concessions available.

Junior licences are free for 13 to 16-year-olds. Licences are available from www.gov.uk/get-a-fishing-licence or by calling the Environment Agency on 0344 800 5386 between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Anyone with information about illegal fishing activities can contact the Environment Agency incident hotline 24/7 on 0800 807060 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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