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Number of illegal fishing prosecutions published - but are the figures a 'soft excuse?' - asks one South Holland angler

The Environment Agency (EA) has released its latest figures on action taken over illegal angling across the district.

Over the last financial year (2017-2018) it said that a total of 2,799 rod licences were checked, £15,789 fines and costs imposed and 134 successful prosecutions. There were 221 illegal fishing incidents reported to its hotline and £1,302,465 in income generated from rod licence sales.

But the figures are for the whole of Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire and the press office for the EA said it did not have a breakdown of figures for South Holland that it could give us.

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