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18/04/2017

Cleveland Police take another step in Tackling Rural Crime

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Police have teamed up with the Environment Agency, The Angling Trusts Volunteer Bailiffs Service (VBS) and Northumbria Water staff at Scaling Dam in East Cleveland to carry out some joint rod licence checks as part of our continued efforts around tackling rural crime.

This is only one of many joint schemes we have planned with our partner agencies, and part of our continued work with both the Environment Agency and the Angling Trusts Volunteer Bailiffs Service.

The VBS supports the Environment Agency in fisheries enforcement work and has had a heightened awareness of Rural and Wildlife crime matters for a number of years. They gain intelligence to share with the Environment Agency around fisheries enforcement to support them in their continued success against illegal fishing as well as gaining information around rural and wildlife matters which is shared with the police, as part of Operation Traverse, targeting illegal fishing and fish theft.

Anglers have historically not reported such matters, but agencies are pushing for a change in this.  The VBS report creates an item of intelligence, so that our limited resources can target the right areas at the right times.  Both the Environment Agency and the Police are intelligence led, and reports are a vital way of creating intelligence to act upon.

Paul Payne the new Rural Crime Reduction Officer for Cleveland Police said: “I would like to thank both the Environment Agency and the Angling Trusts Volunteer Bailiff Service for their continued support in tackling rural crime issues in partnership with us, and helping us spread the word that we will be confronting these types of offences on behalf of our rural communities.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger said: “This is a great scheme and another example of how working in partnership can be very effective.  I hope we see an impact from this close collaboration and it results in a reduction in illegal fishing in the area.”

Anyone with any information around these issues is asked to contact the Environment Agency on 0800 807060/Paul Payne at [email protected] or contact police on 101.

 

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