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South Yorkshire Police join Operation Traverse – targeting illegal fishing and fish theft

14.06.19

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South Yorkshire Police with representatives from the Angling Trust and the Environment Agency at the launch of Operation Traverse at their headquarters

South Yorkshire Police has become the latest force to sign up to Operation Traverse - the multi-agency initiative launched five years ago to tackle fish theft and illegal fishing.

The commitment creates an important link with surrounding forces and provides a wider roll-out of the operation in the North East of England.

Operation Traverse was set up to enable effective partnership working and intelligence sharing between the police, the National Wildlife Crime Unit, Environment Agency Fisheries Enforcement and the Angling Trust’s Fisheries Enforcement Support Service.

Since joining the initiative, South Yorkshire Police officers have already taken part in patrols on waters in Doncaster, Barnsley, Sheffield and Rotherham with Environment Agency fisheries officers and volunteer bailiffs from the Angling Trust.

South Yorkshire’s Assistant Chief Constable David Hartley said: “A multi-agency partnership approach is key to tackling concerns of the angling community. Operation Traverse will play an important role in positively contributing to the fight against fisheries crime in South Yorkshire and we are enthusiastic to commit to this joint initiative.

“We will be working closely with the Angling Trust Fisheries Enforcement Support Service and Volunteer Bailiffs and supporting Environment Agency Fisheries Enforcement Officers on planned days of action across the region.

“It is important we emphasise the key role all anglers can play by reporting incidents and information, helping us to create a more detailed intelligence picture. Working with anglers and other members of our rural communities helps us pursue criminals, protect the vulnerable and prevent crime.”

Angling Trust’s North East Regional Enforcement Manager Giles Evans said: “Tackling fish theft and illegal fishing is vital if we are to protect fisheries and clamp down on rod licence cheats. Having South Yorkshire Police join this important initiative is great news for all anglers.”

Anyone that suspects illegal fishing is taking place should report the details to the Environment Agency’s Incident Hotline on 0800 80 70 60, or the police on 101.

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