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Join the Voluntary Bailiff Service - and help protect fisheries in the East of England


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Anglers in the East of England are being invited to join the Angling Trust’s successful Voluntary Bailiff Service (VBS) this spring.

Volunteers act as the “eyes and ears” on riverbanks and lakesides and support the police and Environment Agency in helping to tackle fisheries crime and protecting fish and fisheries.

Run in partnership with the Agency and funded through fishing licence money, the VBS began as a pilot scheme in the South East six years ago before being rolled out to the rest of the country in 2016. It now has nearly 500 volunteers across England.

Recruitment in the East of England will be the only opportunity this year to join VBS and successful applicants will receive training to help them report incidents and information to the appropriate agency and to a high evidential standard – increasing the chances of successful prosecutions.

Paul Thomas, Regional Enforcement Manager for East of England, said: “We are extremely proud of our volunteers and the information they share supports the work of the enforcement agencies to help protect our fisheries. This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in giving something back to angling and joining our army of volunteers.”

Anyone interested in joining the VBS in the Eastern Region should email

More information on the VBS can be found here

Contact: Angling Trust Eastwood House, 6 Rainbow Street, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 8DQ
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