Fish killers on the loose

AJ Featherstone

AJ Featherstone

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Police and Environment Agency enforcers are hunting for sickening ‘fish thieves’ who have just killed at least five double-figure carp on Lodge.

And just about every angler reading this will hope that – WHEN they are caught – the criminals responsible will end up in a cell rather than being slapped on the wrist.

With Lodge one of the few local stillwaters still under a close season, they probably thought they could work undisturbed as they set the long net which trapped, and suffocated, the carp.

But a patrolling MKAA bailiff found the death trap, which could have easily also drowned waterfowl, and its gruesome contents on Thursday – before the perpetrators returned.

Now Police and Environment Agency staff are trying to catch the culprits before they strike again, while MKAA and the Parks Trust, which owns the fish and fishing rights, have mounted extra patrols.

MKAA deputy head bailiff Mike Reveler said: “This senseless waste has stirred up a lot of anger, and the Trust is particularly keen to have these people caught and their activities stopped.”

Anyone with any information on the incident, or the people involved, should call police on 101 (15p regardless of length of call) and quote the reference 43150154996.

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