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Man ordered to pay £600 for falling asleep while fishing
3:24pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
A MAN who fell asleep while fishing has been ordered to pay more than £600.
Greg Holbrow, 46, of Albion Street, Rowhedge, was found fishing illegally at Green Lane Farm in Weeley on May 1.
He faced three charges, but did not appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, September 17 to enter a plea.
As well as the charge for leaving a rod unattended, he also faced charges of using a unlicensed fishing instrument and failing to state his address to a water bailiff.
In his absence he was found guilty of all three counts and fined £500 and ordered to pay an additional £127 in costs and £20 victim surcharge.
Lesley Robertson, Environmental Crime team leader, said: “Leaving fish baited on a hook while the angler sleeps threatens the health and wellbeing of the fish and there are byelaws in place to protect them.
“The byelaw states that anglers should be able to exercise “immediate physical control” over their rods whilst fishing. When anglers are found unable to comply with this it is our duty to take action.
“Those who avoid fishing legally with a rod licence will also be caught. Anglers should ensure they are properly licensed before going out to enjoy this worthwhile hobby.”
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