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CARP CHAT
Angling, said: “My son James and I
had a fantastic time down on the lake,
and I can honestly say there are few
things I’d rather be doing than taking
my children fishing and helping them
learn about wildlife and nature. I just
wish more parents would take the
time to go fishing with their children.
There are a host of great schemes and
projects out there for beginners, so it
really couldn’t be easier.”
Martin Salter, Head of Campaigns
at the Angling Trust, added: “It is
always great when youngsters catch
their first rod-bending fish, and we
hope that the experience will ignite
the same lifelong passion for our sport
that still burns inside us older anglers.
Young people have a lot of other distractions in this day and age, but simple outdoor pursuits like angling have
been proved time and time again to
be good for health and wellbeing and
for gaining a greater understanding of
the countryside and the environment.”
This summer there are a host of
projects and events which offer
opportunities to discover the joys of
fishing, including the Angling Trust’s
‘Get Fishing’ campaign, Get Hooked
on Fishing’s ‘Family Fishing’ initiative
and National Fishing Month, run by
the Angling Trades Association. Children aged between 12 and 16 can
now get a FREE Environment Agency
rod licence to fish in stillwaters,
canals, rivers and streams, so it’s now
even less expensive for families to
start fishing. n
The War Against Drugs Continues
With The Pro-Active Wing Of The
Safer Neighbourhood Teams
Today it was plain-clothes patrols,
and we quickly identified a number of
drug users heading for the Brickfield
Ponds, and so with help from our colleagues on response, we flooded the
area, coming in from all sides… only
we couldn’t find any drug dealers.
Disappointed, we started to talk to
two fishermen on the banks of the
ponds. They had all the gear, tent,
waterproofs, top of the range rods,
bite alarms and enough food for a
week. We were a bit perplexed about
why they had travelled all the way
from Liverpool to Rhyl just to fish
(they couldn’t hide their accents), and
Students Keiran North, Fletcher Richmond and Kyle Kenny from the John
Madejski Academy in Reading with Thames Valley Angling’s Allan Clark,
Charles Walker MP, Will Barnard, Angling Development Manager at Thames
Water, and Martin Salter, Angling Trust’s Head of Campaigns displaying some of
the many fish caught by the youngsters.
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our suspicions were raised further
when we saw their knives – hardly
typical fishing knives (more likely
knives to protect themselves from
police raids and rival drug dealers!)
After realising that their lines
weren’t even in the water, we decided
to investigate their story further, and
after finding a small amount of drugs
and a large amount of cash the two
were arrested. We then called on the
real hero of the day, Otis the Labrador,
and his handler, Howard. Otis is a
drug dog, and in a matter of minutes
discovered the large stash of drugs in
the pictures, hidden in the undergrowth a few yards from the tent. The
location was right at the back of the
college, so we suspect they were targeting college students as well.
It was good try, lads, and very elaborate. Some of the real fishermen we
saw at the pond told us it was all
expensive stuff. In truth it almost
fooled us. Still, we’ll keep it safe for
you, and it can be collected after your
prison sentences are finished. We’re
not going away and we will continue
the fight against drugs. n

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