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Below is the Email I received from Lee after I contacted him regarding poaching on the lake and the amount of phone calls I receive.

As Lee points out in his response you MUST report otherwise nothing will de done don't ring me as I can't report it you need to report the incident yourself.

More reports the more they will step up the patrols of the lake as it will take priority.

NO REPORTS NO PATROLS 
 

Watts, Lee

Attachments8:33 AM (12 minutes ago)
to meLeeGareth,

Good Morning Dave

 

Hope you are well, with regards to Heron Lake we do patrol ad hoc, as we are small team (3 colleagues in total) we in Fish Enforcement  work on intel led patrols (these are targeting areas that have been reported numerous times), the reason I am saying this is that to date we did receive a report from Simon Rodgers last week, which is attached, as you can see it states there has been reports and activity over past 6 months, I have literally just spent an hr or so going through reports and the last report we received was in Aug last year for your lake.  I am saying this as to a) manage expectation as we are not a blue light service, b) we need the reports in.

 

Now in the case I say not a blue light service, trust me we want to be out and about in known areas at the right time, with justification and information which we can convert into intel to apprehend these offenders.

 

I empathise with your members and the frustrations with this activity on site, but collectively we got to work together on this, a member saying it’s a waste of time reporting is simply not true as mentioned last week this was first report in a year.

 

I presume that they report to the Police either 101 or if its happening there and then = 999 as crime in progress?  This is because legislatively it’s a police matter, Schedule 1 Theft Act 1968 (Theft of fishing rights and theft of fish), as on reports often they say they have no license (so hard to predict this) but often when we turn up they do have licences to fish, we do remove them from waters with some gentle persuasion but they need dealing with from offence point of view.

 

We have a great partnership with Notts Police, we have done all this in various areas with joined up planning and has several excellent results, also recently (it works what I am saying in this email)  and they have new Rural Crime Plan and strategy, with Wildlife Officers embedded within Teams throughout Nottinghamshire.  To that end I have included Sgt Gareth Nicholls in this email to give him the heads up on this topic.

 

ACTION

 

Moving forward we need the reports coming in thick and fast to both Notts Police and ourselves by your members,  so any time we spend out on patrol is effective as it can be as we analyse the data from reports and work into intel.  I have attached an article on some work I did with a Notts Parish Council to send out to residents (which is good advice and relevant to your club situation) on reporting and who legislatively, please forward this to your members and bang the drum, get the message out, promote reporting PLEASE.

 

I am and will liaise with Gareth to see who is the local Wildlife beat Officer for your patch and see about doing joint patrol with them.  Also below is a link you can send to members on online reports for Notts Rural Crime Team.

 

What is wildlife crime? | Nottinghamshire Police

 

Happy to do a presentation to members at any club meeting if needed to explain attached and what is written.  Gareth may get in contact with you, but I am happy for any feedback.




Saturday Matches 2022 Updated 

I am still receiving a lot of memberships from members who have not rejoined the Welfare yet.
Remember you are not a Member of the Fishing Club until you have done your Welfare Membership  
     I will not post any new membership cards back until you have joined the Welfare           


The Welfare keep me updated on membership renewal's on a regular basis 


Saturday Match Dates

Ash Lea School
As most of you are aware the chosen charity for the club is Ash Lea School in the village, we donated £205 Jan-2022  from the club funds having spoken to the school they are very grateful for the donation 
The donation is made up from a percentage of available funds & all day ticket monies collected throughout the year.


Car parking
As of today 16/06/2020 all cars must be parked in one of the three car parks, unless you have a blue badge 

Fish Stock Illegal Fishing
After several reports from members regarding poachers down at the lake I spoke to Lee from the EA who does the patrol's around the lake. I asked if he was still patrolling the lake which he told me they were, he said he would check the telephone reports to see if members are still reporting these incidents.

He called me last week and stressed that not a lot of calls have come in he also stressed without the calls coming in they will have to stop the patrols
To help Lee and his team catch these people I cannot stress how important it is that you report these people by phoning the EA.

Don't Phone a Friend, Don't Phone a Committee Member,
Phone The EA. 
 Telephone number 0800 80 70 60

Lee also stressed that you must phone the police on 101
quoting you are reporting the Theft Of Fishing Rights



Fish Theft
At the moment I'm receiving a lot of phone calls regarding fish being stolen from the lake.
This seems to be occurring between 18:00 & 22:00 on a daily basis, I will be speaking to the relevant authorities regarding this.

These people are not members of the fishing club and need to be stopped we need members to start patrolling the lake, if we are to stop the theft of fish.


Bread
At a recent committee meeting all bread as been banned from the lake. This includes Feeding & as an Hook bait, please pass this on to members you know who use bread.


Gates

I am still getting a lot of reports of both gates being left open,
all members must close and lock both gates after entry.
If the middle gate is going to be constantly left open the committee will have know choice but to take the lock off.


The members voted to Ban all cars from parking on the grass, apart from official Blue Badge Holders.

Can we ask all members to police this and ask any member who is not showing a Blue Badge in their vehicle to park in one of the car parks.

Rules
Can I ask all members to check the club rules regarding line strength & hook size,
At present I'm receiving a lot of complaints regarding members using the wrong tackle.


CAR PARK
All Car parks are now open, can I ask all members to start using the car parks as normal,
under no circumstances should any member leave their car behind their peg. Apart from Blue Badge Holders

New Platforms
Can I ask all members to refrain from drilling any holes in the new platforms


Photos
If  any member has any photos from around the lake and would like them to go in the gallery please email them to me and I will put them on the website.



For Sale
If any member has any fishing tackle they want to sell or just give away why not put it on your website please e-mail or phone the secretary with details who will be happy to put it on the website.