LOCAL anglers are being asked to make sure they have a valid fishing license after a hundred people in Yorkshire were fined.
Some anglers have been fined almost £500 for not holding a valid rod licence when questioned by bailiffs.
One offender failed to pay compensation and was subsequently arrested and brought back to court. He is now serving time in prison, all for failing to pay £27 for a rod licence.
Peter Mischenko, a fisheries officer for the Environment Agency, said: “Judging by the results of our recent prosecutions in court, magistrates take fisheries offences very seriously.”
He added that the revenue from rod licence sales is used to protect fisheries.