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.