Police Commissioner out to tackle fish poachers

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Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa has been out on patrol with Safer Neighbourhood officers to help deter poachers from rivers in the Derbyshire Dales.

He joined PCSO Ian Phipps and Chris Thirtle of the Cressbrook and Litton Flyfishers Club for an operation close to the rivers around Millers Dale, Monsal Dale, Litton Mill and Cressbrook on October 24.

PCC Dhindsa said: “It was really good to see the partnership working between the Safer Neighbourhood team and local organisations to protect the environment and communities of Derbyshire.

“The fishing clubs and the rivers of Derbyshire are important to the social and economic vibrancy of our county and I have come away with lots of great ideas to follow up with other neighbourhood teams and the parish councillors.”

Wildlife crime officer PC Emerson Buckingham, said: “Fish poaching is an issue that affects the whole of Derbyshire and is taken seriously by Derbyshire Constabulary.

“We have an anti-poaching scheme whereby fishing club members can directly report incidents to a wildlife crime police officer such as myself or the Environment Agency.”

To report wildlife crime call 101, 999 in an emergency, or see www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.