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Angling Trust volunteers land dream jobs with the
Environment Agency and police
Barry Wildish.
Martynas Pranaitis.
James Sarkar.
One of the main reasons people
become volunteers is to make a difference – for a group of Angling Trust
volunteers it has also made a difference to their lives, too.
The experience gained by five
members of our Voluntary Bailiff Service has helped them to land dream
jobs with the Environment Agency
and the Police.
Former Royal Marine Lee Pacheco
joined the Voluntary Bailiff Service in
the South East when it launched its
pilot project seven years ago. He
became one of the first warranted
Phase 2 volunteer bailiffs in 2016 and
soon afterwards realised his dream
w he n the Env i ro nme nt A ge nc y,
Thames Area, appointed him as fulltime Fisheries Enforcement Officer.
Lee said: “I wanted to be proactive
in looking after the fisheries in my
area, and the Angling Trust Voluntary
Bailiff Service provided training and
joint patrols with Environment
Agency officers and the police. I went
on to be selected for the Phase 2
scheme and went through more training to gain a warrant to be able to
check rod licences on the bank. Now
I have my dream job with the Environment Agency.”
Martynas Pranaitis says he is
“enjoying every minute” of his role as
Fisheries Enforcement Officer with
the Environment Agency. Like Lee,
Martynas became a Phase 1 volunteer
bailiff in the South East before joining
the Angling Trust’s Building Bridges
team as a part-time Project Officer. In
2016 he was selected as a Phase 2
warranted volunteer bailiff before his
appointment with the Environment
Martynas, who is Lithuanian and
has a Masters’ Degree in Ecology &
Environmental Sciences, added: “In
my role, I continue to learn and assist
with the vital work carried out by the
Environment Agency. The only way
forward is for European communities
to embrace the law and culture of
their adopted countries, as I have. As
well as enjoying my role, I’m an
addicted angler, fishing for any
Barry Wildish says he is “incredibly
proud” at being involved in the Voluntary Bailiff Service and gained valuable experience and training. He is
now a team member of the Environment Agency’s River Mole Operations
Barry said: “I’m out on the river
most days. We look after the Environment Agency’s assets on the Mole
and respond to any flooding and
blockages. It’s a varied role – I can be
chain sawing and winching out trees
one day and clearing grills, cutting
hedges and grass cutting the next
day. We work at some beautiful sites
full of rare wildlife, which is the best
part of my job, as I’m a bit of a wildlife
“The Angling Trust has been a
huge support on my local river and for
my local fishing club where I am head
Lifelong angler James Sarkar has a
degree in fisheries management from
Sparsholt College and been Volunteer
Bailiff in the Midlands for many years.
Having recently successfully completed his initial Police Community
Support Officer training with West
Mercia Police, James said: “There is
no doubt that my knowledge of intelligence-led policing gained through
the Voluntary Bailiff Service was of
great help to me during the selection
process and training. I would recommend joining the VBS to anyone interested in making a difference or pursuing a career in law enforcement.”
Mike Shuttleworth was a Police
Community Support Officer with
Gloucestershire Constabulary when
he became heavily involved with
Operation Leviathan, the multiagency initiative tackling illegal fishing and poaching. As a result, Mike
became a Volunteer Bailiff for the
Angling Trust and helped co-ordinate
the force’s contribution to this aspect
of rural crime. Recently, Mike has
been appointed Police Constable.
Mike, a lifelong angler, said: “My
experience with the police assisting
the Environment Agency and VBS has
been a massively positive one, I have
helped coordinate and partake in several operations checking licences and
illegal fishing all over Gloucestershire.
It has really helped push fishing and
crime on the waterways to the forefront of the rural crime team. I am
hoping that I can carry on helping in
my new role, which with warranted
powers will enable me to check
Mike Shuttleworth.
Lee Pacheco.


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