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The Angling Trust fights fish and tackle theft by funding Crimestoppers

In recent months there has been increasing intelligence to suggest that organised criminal groups now view the illegal importation of live fish (and in particular carp) as a very lucrative business opportunity with relatively low associated risks. The profit margins are often substantial, with an illegally imported 50lb carp likely to be priced in the region of £20,000. Stuart Katon, the FHI's Enforcement and Investigations Officer, said: "We must step up our intelligence-led approach towards preventing illegal activity, working closely with other agencies to target organised groups. However in order to be successful we also need the support of the wider angling community."

He continued: "Tell us what you know, use the security and anonymity of Crimestoppers and let us do the rest. We are determined to increase the pace in the fight against illegal importation and movement of fish along with other fish related crime. So greedy fishery owners and others involved, beware!"

The Angling Trust are also aware of the massive rise of instances of tackle theft. Use the Crimestoppers' number or website on the right hand side of this page to anonymously report tackle theft.

Dave Cording, Crimestoppers' Director of Operations said: "I can assure the angling community that anyone who provides Crimestoppers with information about crime will remain anonymous. Calls and online forms are not traced or recorded and no personal details will be taken. So if you have any information about illegal activity relating to the importation of fish and the theft of angling equipment, pass it on to Crimestoppers to help improve your community."

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