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PostSubject: CLOSING THE NET ON BRITAIN'S FISHING CROOKS   Thu Jan 20, 2011 10:05 pm

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Tackle theft, fish smuggling, poaching and illegal stockings.

The list of angling related crimes is on the increase, more complex and organised than ever before.

Historically, the enforcement agencies charged to deal with such crimes have been largely ineffective, primarily due to the absence of quality information and the lack of any cohesive vehicle to process that information were it to arrive.

In 2010, the English Carp Heritage Organisation teamed up with Crimestoppers to unify the approach by the relevant enforcement authorities (Police, Cefas Fish Health Inspectorate, Environment Agency) and to provide a 24hr confidential service fully briefed to gather and forward information regarding angling related crime to those authorities.

After a reasonably slow start to the campaign ECHO/Cefas & EA have been extremely encouraged by the quality and details of the intelligence received to date and a number of high level investigations continue as we speak as a direct result of Crimestoppers.

We are also looking forward to increased TV/Radio/media coverage in the next few months.

ECHO/Cefas & EA are keen to extend the Crimestoppers partnership into year 2, and are currently working on raising the £16k annual subscription required by May 2011. Whilst any contributions towards this amount are appreciated, that is not the main purpose of this communication! Any ideas to promote or support this initiative or for further information, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Thanks in advance.

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PostSubject: Re: CLOSING THE NET ON BRITAIN'S FISHING CROOKS   Thu Jan 20, 2011 11:08 pm

Brilliant initiative from ECHO. Rich, couple questions mate.

In your experience, is it better us anglers call the EA hotline on 0800 80 70 60 or that Crimestoppers number?

What would be the differences between them do you think?

What is the 16k spent on?

What happens if the 16k isn't raised?



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PostSubject: Re: CLOSING THE NET ON BRITAIN'S FISHING CROOKS   Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:39 pm

Steve Holmes wrote:
Brilliant initiative from ECHO. Rich, couple questions mate.

In your experience, is it better us anglers call the EA hotline on 0800 80 70 60 or that Crimestoppers number?
To ring Crimestoppers, the level of the crime is different. Think of it like this, if someone is catching carp to remove and sell them, then the person they're selling them to is going to be selling those on in large numbers. So whilst it's important that the guy catching the carp is reported, he isn't the target necessarily.

Further up the chain there may well be someone organising the sales, that holds the fish to sell at later dates, often involved in various other criminal activities etc. Much the same as the person that drives the van over the Channel, they won't necessarily be selling the fish to fishery owners in all likelihood, he/she will be working for someone that will be the middle-man.

Fishing tackle is becoming ever more expensive and is very easily dispersed. Once again the people knocking the gear out will be involved in other crime.

If you know these people, pass on the information, they are the very same people that are involved in many other nefarious crimes that many of us would find morally disturbing...

Ring the EA (0800 60 70 80) for the usual stuff such as poaching fish for the table on a personal level, but, become a bit more tactically adept in that regard. If you and a mate are fishing the Thames and you see something going on, like people taking fish for the table ring the EA. 15 minutes later tell your mate to ring the EA, then you have 2 incidents recorded. If you have a mate fishing on the other side of the river, tell him to ring as well, and so on...


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What would be the differences between them do you think?
Essentially Steve, the Crimestoppers number is for those on the inside, or those that are very close to knowing what such organised groups of criminals are up to, to snitch on the offenders. Very often Steve "Mr Big" and is cohorts are involved in all sorts of illegal activities... very often the act of anonymously giving information about fishing crime leads to many other enquiries such as large scale tax evasion etc.

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What is the 16k spent on?
This is used to pay for the administration processes, the specialised training of six officers, and in part to contribute resources to the pot to give the actions of Crimestoppers real teeth.

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What happens if the 16k isn't raised?
Then the service is withdrawn. However, with Ruth booting the doors down, it is unlikely that the money will not be raised on an annual basis. Wink


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PostSubject: Re: CLOSING THE NET ON BRITAIN'S FISHING CROOKS   Fri Jan 21, 2011 6:09 pm

Nice one Rich. Will send you a PM later about donating.
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PostSubject: Re: CLOSING THE NET ON BRITAIN'S FISHING CROOKS   Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:51 pm

Steve Holmes wrote:
What is the 16k spent on?

Asked Ruth this question today for you Steve.

Crimestoppers is a charity, and for the charity to assist in the area you wish, they provide a sliding scale of contribution to the number of calls you expect to generate from your campaign.

These start at £12k and the next one 'up' is £16k.

Regarding donations from individuals, that will not be necessary Steve, although your sentiment is valued!

Thanks. cheers


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