Norfolk Police tackle illegal fishing
On Friday 15th April 2016 Norfolk Constabulary was joined by the Environment Agency, Angling Trust, and Norfolk Rivers Trust to announce the Constabulary has joined Operation Traverse.
Operation Traverse is part of a coordinated approach to illegal fishing activity which occurs across the Eastern Region. Norfolk Constabulary is the latest force to commit to the operation, joining forces with Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Humberside, Nottingham and Yorkshire Police.
Sergeant Andrew Tomlinson said, "Norfolk Constabulary will work with the Environment Agency fisheries Enforcement Officers on planned days of action across the region to identify and deal with any offences revealed in a robust and consistent manner.
I encourage true anglers to continue to provide intelligence on illegal activity. This information will lead the operation - they are often our eyes and ears by the water’s edge”.
Over the past couple of years the stocks of freshwater fish and course fish have reduced to dangerous levels with some watercourses around the county now having very little stocks of some species.
Angling Trust Regional Enforcement Manager, Paul Thomas, said: "We are extremely happy to welcome Norfolk Police to play a key role in Operation Traverse working with all our partners to achieve the required result through raising awareness, education and positive enforcement.
It is widely recognised that the links between fisheries related crime and the bigger picture of rural, wildlife, business, hate and organised crime cannot be under-estimated, and the inclusion of Norfolk Police on Operation traverse can only further raise awareness of this serious issue and emphasise the partnership approach now being taken."
Anyone who may have witnessed illegal fishing or has information regarding it is encouraged to contact Norfolk Police on 101 or the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60, quoting Operation Traverse.
Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online via their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.