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Environment Agency May Prosecutions List

3 Rods Trout & Coarse-550px-2018-19The Angling Trust encourages all anglers to comply with the law and buy an Environment Agency rod licence at

The funds raised from licence sales are spent on improving fish stocks and promoting angling, including several programmes of work delivered by the Angling Trust itself.

This data is provided periodically by the Environment Agency, and only refers to prosecutions of anglers that were conducted by courts in England in the month stated.

You can find Frequently Asked Questions and a Glossary of Terms at the foot of this page.

Cambridgejoshua smith20Fox Road, Bourn24/05/2018Lawn Farm Fishery - CambourneElsworth11/02/2018UFGuiltyFined

Mark Leach52Victoria Street, Chatteris24/05/2018Benwick - Old Nene
CanterburyAnthony Cox30Coronation Close, Broadstairs15/05/2018Sandwich Coarse FisherySandwich26/11/2017UFGuiltyFined

Macauley Seager19Surrey Gardens, Birchington15/05/2018Hookstead LakeAshford18/11/2017UFGuiltyFined

Matthew Edmunds38Linden Crescent, Folkestone15/05/2018Shirkoak FisheryWoodchurch18/11/2017UFPIAFined
CanterburyPeter Julian Van De peer58Shelvin Lane, Wootton15/05/2018Chequertree Trout And Coarse FisheryBethersden18/11/2017UFGuiltyFined
Gt. YarmouthBarrie Franklin27Marlpit Lane, Norwich08/05/2018Beccles Quay - River WaveneyBeccles21/01/2018UFGuiltyFined

David Stringer32Buckingham Road, Norwich08/05/2018Beccles Quay - River WaveneyBeccles21/01/2018UFGuiltyFined

Gregg Allen39Clearwing Close, Pinewood08/05/2018Rollesby BroadRollesby22/01/2018UFGuiltyFined
GrimsbyIan Morritt35Wroots Avenue, Goole04/05/2018Stainforth & Keadby Canal (basin Area)Keadby13/02/2018UFGuiltyFined
GuildfordCharlie Holt21Downland Way, Epsom16/05/2018Bury Hill LakesDorking18/02/2018UFGuiltyFined

Matthew Warner35Kingsley Road, Horley16/05/2018Bury Hill LakesDorking18/02/2018UFGuiltyFined
Kings LynnLee Frost43Mortimer Road, Bury St. Edmunds02/05/2018Snetterton PitsSnetterton28/01/2018UFGuiltyFined

Scott Rose40Falcon Court, Great Yarmouth30/05/2018Catch 22Lyng02/09/2017UFPIAFined
NorthamptonMartyn Carpenter51Riverview, Long Bennington04/05/2018Collingham - River TrentNewark07/11/2017UFGuiltyFined

Peter Bailie25Walnut Walk, Lichfield15/05/2018Stowe PoolLichfield07/03/2018UFPIAFined

Silviu Bigea33Nelson Way, Chadderton15/05/2018Cudmore FisheriesWhitmore15/10/2017UFPIAFined
NorwichJoe Peter Turrell28Market Place, Kessingland17/05/2018Geldeston Locks - River Waveney

Kevin Gunton49Mount Pleasant Road, Reydon17/05/2018Broome PitsBroome21/01/2018UFGuiltyFined

Malcolm Jenkinson33High Road, Tilney Cum Islington09/05/2018Great West Fen PitHilgay17/09/2017UFGuiltyFined

Paul Unsworth46Lake Avenue, Bury St. Edmunds17/05/2018Swangey LakesAttleborough17/09/2017UFGuiltyFined

Tadas Abarius26Appleyard Crescent, Norwich17/05/2018Postwick Reach - River YarePostwick26/09/2017PTFWNLPIAFined
SevenoaksAaron Mesher22Belgrave Road, London04/05/2018Orchard Place FarmPaddock Wood26/08/2017UFGuiltyFined


Alex Underwood23Nevill Terrace, Tunbridge Wells11/05/2018Elphicks Farm LakesHorsmonden14/01/2018UFPIAFined

Billy Corkery25Kent Close, Paddock Wood11/05/2018Elphicks Farm LakesHorsmonden14/01/2018UFPIAFined

Brendan Ford32Sawyers Court, Chatham11/05/2018Monk LakesMaidstone03/09/2017UFGuiltyFined

Gary Purdy53Church Hill Road, Cheam04/05/2018Orchard Place FarmPaddock Wood26/08/2017UFGuiltyAD

Gavin Rosie26Burns Crescent, Tonbridge04/05/2018ClaygatePaddock Wood24/09/2017UFGuiltyFined

James Stockham28Brindley Close, Bexleyheath04/05/2018Orchard Place FarmPaddock Wood26/08/2017UFGuiltyFined

John Allison45The Leas, Wirral11/05/2018Hawkhurst Fish FarmHawkhurst30/08/2017UFGuiltyFined

Joseph Elford32Brookehowse Road, London04/05/2018Orchard Place FarmPaddock Wood26/08/2017UFGuiltyFined

Marius Custura33Chart Road, Sutton Valence04/05/2018Yalding - River MedwayMaidstone24/09/2017PTFWNLPIAFined

Michal Jordanov39Three Leg Cross, Ticehurst04/05/2018Orchard Place FarmPaddock Wood26/08/2017UFGuiltyFined

Stephen Adcock50Montana Close, South Croydon11/05/2018Elphicks Farm LakesHorsmonden14/01/2018UFGuiltyFined

Tautvydas Justinavicius34Farleigh Lane, Maidstone11/05/2018Monk LakesMaidstone09/11/2017UFGuiltyFined

Thomas Hinson26Angel Lane, Tonbridge04/05/2018ClaygatePaddock Wood24/09/2017UFGuiltyFined

Wayne Newman37Castlecombe Road, London11/05/2018Gabriels Farm LakeEdenbridge13/10/2017UFGuiltyFined
SJP-MidsAdrian Cascarade39Rolls Avenue, Crewe17/05/2018Rudyard LakeLeek11/11/2017UFGuiltyFined

Arron Preston25Poplar Avenue, Midway03/05/2018Longford Fishery, AshbourneLongford23/02/2018UFPIAFined

Damian Coady30Underwood Road, Newcastle31/05/2018Rudyard LakeLeek28/12/2017UFGuiltyFined

Darren Cooper36High Street, Cradley Heath03/05/2018Barston Lake, BerkswellSolihull04/02/2018UFPIAFined

Gareth Thomasson42Drake Avenue, Worcester31/05/2018Diglis Weir - River SevernWorcester27/03/2018CSFGuiltyFined

Jack Hinton22Luddington Road, Solihull03/05/2018Baden Hall FisheryEccleshall17/02/2018UFPIAFined

Jason Pugh32James Close, Worcester31/05/2018Diglis Weir - River SevernWorcester27/03/2018CSFGuiltyFined

John Cooney43Goldstraw Lane, Fernwood31/05/2018Office LakeThurgarton30/03/2018UFPIAFined

Lewis Bishop26Berrowside Road, Birmingham03/05/2018Baden Hall FisheryEccleshall17/02/2018UFPIAFined

Lewis Waller23Darcy Road, Eckington17/05/2018ShireoaksWorksop04/02/2018UFGuiltyFined
SJP-N.EastAdam Hurley26Sunny Heys, Meltham16/05/2018Hillcrest FarmMorley22/02/2018UFGuiltyFined

Alex Dean22Breeze Lane, Beeford30/05/2018Fossehill Shooting Ground, BrandesburtonBeverley12/03/2018UFGuiltyFined

Charlie Myers21Buckingham Street, Hull03/05/2018Rush LyvarsHedon16/02/2018UFGuiltyFined

Charlotte Birley29Cropton Close, Redcar30/05/2018The Oaks Fishery, ThirskSessay25/03/2018UFPIAFined

Chris Booker29Eaden Crescent, Hoyland30/05/2018River DonDoncaster09/01/2018UFPIAFined

Christopher Matthews40Bielby, York03/05/2018Motorway PondNewport07/03/2018UFGuiltyFined

Clinton Navarro29Hull Road, Woodmansey03/05/2018Rush LyvarsHedon26/02/2018UFGuiltyFined

Connor Hackford21Streetfields, Halfway16/05/2018Harthill ReservoirHarthill20/01/2018UFPIAFined

Darren Rogan46Kirkston Avenue, Newcastle Upon Tyne16/05/2018Pool Bridge Farm FisheryWheldrake17/03/2018UFGuiltyFined

Jack Ledger21Garbutt Close, Preston16/05/2018Tickton - River HullBeverley27/02/2018UFPIAFined

Jamie Miles26Queen Street, Shildon16/05/2018Woodlands LakeThirsk20/02/2018UFGuiltyAD

Jay Gavey23Yarm Road, Darlington30/05/2018Woodlands LakeThirsk18/04/2018UFGuiltyFined

Karl Whittaker28Leonard Street, Darlington30/05/2018The Oaks Fishery, ThirskSessay25/03/2018UFGuiltyFined

Kevin Knott36Rostrevor Road, Stockport16/05/2018Newbridge LakeHull09/03/2018UFGuiltyFined

Luke Frost24Nunnington Way, Kirk Sandall03/05/2018Oakland WatersSnaith07/03/2018UFGuiltyFined

Mark Stone32Ceylon Street, Hull03/05/2018Wykeham LakesWykeham02/03/2018UFPIAFined

Michael Wall61Newport Road, North Cave30/05/2018Risby Park LakeBeverley26/03/2018UFGuiltyFined

Michael Warren31St. Marys Park Approach, Leeds30/05/2018Welham LakeMalton31/03/2018UFGuiltyFined

Pavol Ilovsky30Winship Close, Hull29/05/2018Four Season PondMarket Weighton25/03/2018UFGuiltyFined

Richard Craven26West Avenue, Rawmarsh16/05/2018Harthill ReservoirHarthill04/02/2018UFGuiltyFined

Robert Hall31Paisley Close, Staveley16/05/2018Harthill ReservoirHarthill04/02/2018UFGuiltyFined

Samuel Linford19Mulcourt, Hull30/05/2018Beverley Beck End - River HullBeverley21/03/2018CSFGuiltyFined

Steven Bailey26Foljambe Road, Rotherham03/05/2018Elm Tree FisheryRotherham24/01/2018UFPIAFined

Steven Collings38Hallfield Drive, Peterlee30/05/2018Welham LakeMalton31/03/2018UFGuiltyFined
SJP-S.WestAlfred John Graham65Bampton Street, Minehead08/05/2018Hawkridge Reservoir, SpaxtonBridgwater28/02/2018UFGuiltyFined

Andrew Baumber52Broadway, North Hykeham29/05/2018Longham LakesFerndown16/02/2018UFPIAFined

Andrew Hull53Rectory Road, Staplegrove08/05/2018Hawkridge Reservoir, SpaxtonBridgwater28/02/2018UFPIAFined

Dale Weaver22Ipley Way, Hythe15/05/2018White SwanSouthampton24/02/2018UFGuiltyFined

Duane Bradshaw31Craneswater Park, Southsea15/05/2018Vale FarmLongparish13/12/2017UFGuiltyFined

Jason Putman44Hawthorn Road, Bournemouth29/05/2018Throop (left Bank) - Dorset StourBournemouth19/01/2018UFGuiltyFined

Jesse Yeates23Farringford Road, Southampton22/05/2018Broadlands LakeRomsey14/01/2018UFPIAFined

Mike Cole42Wildern Lane, Hedge End29/05/2018Broadlands LakeRomsey25/03/2018UFGuiltyFined

Philip Niwano57Chestnut Avenue, Barton On Sea08/05/2018Winkton (right Bank) - Hampshire AvonChristchurch26/01/2018OFB10GuiltyFined

Thomas Ayles30Merryoak Road, Southampton29/05/2018Broadlands LakeRomsey25/03/2018UFGuiltyFined
WorthingCharles Coles21Stanhope Road, Littlehampton09/05/2018Southern Leisure ComplexChichester05/02/2017UFGuiltyFined

Gaston Galvan29Norman Road, Smallfield11/05/2018Douster Lake , Buchan Country ParkCrawley29/10/2017UFPIAFined

James Darvill29Ranmore Close, Crawley11/05/2018Douster Lake , Buchan Country ParkCrawley29/10/2017UFGuiltyFined

Kenneth Hume54Shirley Avenue, Cheam11/05/2018Hunters Lodge Fishery, Copthorne CommonCrawley01/11/2017UFPIAFined

Richard Baker31Ring Road, Lancing11/05/2018Southern Leisure ComplexChichester18/11/2017UFGuiltyCD12

Total: £23,767

Offence Code and Laymans Terms

NERB1 Took or removed any fish without permission
OFB10 Leaving Rod(s) and Line(s) unattended
OFNB3(3) Removed eels or shad by rod and line from any waters
OFNB Attempted to take fish within a prohibited area
OFNB5 Used a keepnet of less than 2 metres in length
OFNB5(1) Used a keepnet with supporting rings or frames greater than 40cm apart or less than 120cm in circumference.
TA001 Theft of owned fish where permission to remove the item has not been granted and fish have been caught and retained
TA002 Person who unlawfully takes, destroys or attempts to take/destroy any fish in water which is private property
WRA034 Removed any listed freshwater fish by rod and line from any river, stream or drain, or listed water
OF126 Check Offence
OFNB8 Fished with more than four rods and lines at the same time when fishing for coarse fish or eels
OFNB2(2) Close season
OFRB18(1) Use of fish as bait in Lake District
OFRB18(2A) Used an illegal hook bait in the Lake District
OFRB18(3) Used an illegal hook bait during the prohibited period
OFB08 Exceeded the 3 metre distance between rods
OF132 Causing harassment, alarm or distress
OF134 Used threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour
OFB10(D) Left unattended rod and line in the water
OFRB11 Using an illegal hook bait
OFEARB6 Took or attempted to take, by any means, any fish, at any time, within a distance of 25 metres upstream or 95 metres downstream of a prohibited obstruction
OFRB5 Used an illegal lure or bait
OFRB7 During the close season fished for salmon, migratory trout or non - migratory trout other than with artificial fly or lure
OF329 Used more than one rod and line when fishing for salmonids in all rivers, streams, drains and canals
TA002 Person who unlawfully takes, destroys or attempts to take/destroy any fish in water which is private property
WRA034 Removed any listed freshwater fish by rod and line from any river, stream or drain, or listed water
WRA043 Removal of freshwater fish from stillwaters and canals
WRA037 Failing to return a foul-hooked salmon, migratory trout or trout to any river, stream or canal
PIA Proof In Absence
GO General Obstruction
CSF Close Season Fishing
FD False Details
ULF Unlicensed Fishing
PTF Preparing to Fish With No Licence
CD Conditional Discharge
CD6 Conditional Discharge 6 Months
CD12 Conditional Discharge 12 Months
AD Absolute Discharge
AssaultC Assaulted a constable
NSPI No Separate Penalty Imposed
DHOFL Disqualification from Holding and Obtaining a Fishing Licence
OF064 Had unclean trout in his possession
OF343 Using illegal bait WRA

Data Licence:
The Limited Licence granted by the Angling Trust to use the information on this web page will automatically expire 1 calendar month from the date that it is first uploaded to the Angling Trust website. For the avoidance of doubt this varies the limited licence described elsewhere in this website's Limited Notice.

Monthly Fisheries Prosecutions.
Frequently Asked Questions and Glossary of Terms

1. I didn't know about the court hearing date, what can I do? You can contact the Magistrates Court and ask for the case to be re-opened.

2. Why are the outcomes different for the same offence? At each hearing, the Magistrates take into consideration: the facts of the case, the attitude of the offender, any mitigation offered by the offender and their ability to pay any financial punishment.

Glossary of Terms
'Penalty' The penalty is what offender has to pay. It comprises the sum of the fine for the offence committed; a contribution to the Environment Agency costs; the Criminal Court Charge and a victim surcharge. The fine and victim surcharge is decided by the Magistrates hearing the case on the day. Fines go to the treasury. Costs go to the Environment Agency and contribute to the cost incurred in taking the case to court. Victim Surcharge goes to a specific fund for victims of crime. See:

'proof in absence' The defendant did not enter a plea at the time their case was heard. The Court convicted the person in their absence.

'Abs. Disch.' The defendant is guilty but no fine is imposed

'conditional discharge' The defendant is guilty but no fine is imposed. There are conditions attached to the discharge: if re-offending occurs within the period of the discharge, the defendant can be sentenced for the original offence and the new one.

'forfeiture order' Equipment used in the offence is taken from the defendant and destroyed.

'disqualification order' The defendant is disqualified for a period of time, from holding or obtaining a fishing licence. You can't fish during the period of disqualification.

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