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Fisheries Enforcement Support Service
and UK National Wildlife Crime Unit
sign Information Sharing Agreement
Helen Bulmer of the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit and Fisheries Enforcement
Support Service Intelligence Manager Gary Thomas, with the newly signed
Intelligence Sharing Agreement
The Angling Trust has signed an
important Information Sharing Agreement with the UK National Wildlife
Crime Unit, setting out the framework
and protocols for the sharing of information and intelligence in a legally
compliant, secure and responsible
The agreement was signed on the
18th July 2017 by the Angling Trust
Fisheries Enforcement Support Service’s Intelligence Manager, retired
West Mercia Police Detective Inspector Gary Thomas.
The FESS is funded by freshwater
rod licence income and is staffed by
eight retired angling police officers
who, in addition to delivering the
popular and highly successful Voluntary Bailiff Service, coordinate a multiagency response to fisheries crime,
increasing the support available to
the Environment Agency and police.
National Enforcement Manager
Dilip Sarkar MBE said: “Whilst to
many this will simply be the ‘small
print’, this is actually a massive forward step and further evidence that
the FESS is increasingly becoming a
robust and recognised partner in the
fight against fisheries and wildlife
crime. This is a great piece of work by
Gary Thomas and our partners at the
Intelligence Manager Gary
Thomas said: “The sharing of information and intelligence between the
various partners tasked with protec-
tion of our wildlife is key to protecting
fish and fisheries. This helps confirm
patterns in fisheries and wildlife
c r i m e, a n d i d e n t i f y o f f e n d e r s –
enabling operational resources to be
effectively deployed.
“The FESS will be actively pursuing
further Information Sharing Agreements with other key enforcement
agencies for the benefit of the angling
community in the fight to protect fish
and fisheries. This professional,
joined-up approach, harnessing modern policing methods, can only mean
good news for responsible, caring,
anglers – but bad news for criminals
and those who cheat on angling.”
Chief Inspector Martin Sims, Head
of the UK National Wildlife Crime
Unit said: “With the widespread training of the Voluntary Bailiff Service,
with which our Unit has assisted, I am
really pleased to see this agreement
signed. With the significant number
of extra eyes and ears out in the countryside as Volunteer Bailiffs, this
agreement makes good sense in
assisting the free and legally compliant flow of wildlife crime information
and intelligence being passed directly
to the Unit so that we can progress it
in a timely manner with respective
police forces.
“I would like to thank Dilip Sarkar
and Gary Thomas of the FESS, and
Helen Bulmer in my team for progressing this.” n
MPs urge
parents to
take kids
fishing this
With the school holidays looming and
the prospect of restless youngsters
looking for ways to spend their time
over the long six week break, fishing
enthusiast MPs from the All Party Parliamentary Angling Group have urged
parents to “take your kids fishing” this
To get the message across, MPs
Scott Mann and Charles Walker joined
Will Barnard, Angling Development
Manager at Thames Water, and Martin Salter, Angling Trust Head of Campaigns, at College Lake in Hampshire
where they treated a group of youngsters to a special day out catching
some beautiful carp and roach on a
variety of methods.
Best fish of the day was a stunning
11lb 8oz common carp caught by
Charles’ son James floatfishing
luncheon meat in the margins.
The students were from the John
Madejski Academy in Reading where
Thames Valley Angling boss Allan
Clark and Martin Salter have set up a
fishing club.
Thames Water is one company that
believes in promoting angling on its
waters and offers a number of ‘Try
Fishing Days’ throughout the year at
their angling academy at Walthamstow Reservoirs in London as well as
at the famous fly fishery at Farmoor
near Oxford.
Charles Walker MP, Chairman of the
All Party Parliamentary Group on
Charles Walker MP, Chairman of the
All Party Parliamentary Group on
Angling, with his son James and a
stunning 11lb 8oz common carp
caught float fishing in the margins of
College Lake in Hampshire.


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