Fishing licence warning

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The Environment Agency is reminding anglers to buy a rod licence.

All current licences expired on March 31 and anyone caught fishing without one faces a fine of up to £2,500. The income from licence sales will be used to protect and improve fish stocks and the fisheries they support.

Roger Handford, a fisheries specialist at the Environment Agency, said: “If you do not have a valid licence and want to fish from April 1, you must obtain one before casting a line.”