Anglers in Lancashire who have been court fishing illegally have been fined more than £15,000 a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Lancashire Evening Post report:

Dozens of anglers have been fined by the courts over the last two years for illegal fishing.

Figures from the Environment Agency show there were 128 prosecutions for fishing without a rod license at Lancashire’s rivers, lakes and fisheries between 2011 and 2013.

A Freedom of Information request by the Evening Post revealed magistrates courts in the county issued a total of £15,712 in fines for the offence during that period, with defendants ordered to pay £13,026 costs on top of that.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare time ever since.