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Anglers put on alert for bogus licence checker in Wigan

Just seen this on the Environment Agency website. You can see full deatils of the news alert here.

The Environment Agency is warning members of the public that a bogus Fisheries Enforcement Officer may be operating in Wigan.

Environment Agency Officers do not ask for payment or on-the-spot fines and genuine Fisheries Enforcement Officer will not take money on the bank side, or ask for money to be sent to them at a later date.

If approached by a person purporting to be an Environment Agency Bailiff or Fisheries Enforcement Officer, members of the public should ask the person for their name and ask to see their warrant card.

All genuine Environment Agency enforcement staff will carry a warrant card with them at all times. The photograph on the card should match the individual and the member of the public should if possible make a note of the serial number.

If an angler is unable to produce a valid rod licence an officer would issue an offence report form. This is the first step of a very carefully considered legal process. If this then results in prosecution the court impose and recover the appropriate level of fine.

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