NETSMAN HIT WITH £104,000 PENALTY

Il­le­gal catch and fish­ing gear seized, now he pays the price

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

A FISH­ER­MAN has been or­dered to pay more than £100,000 af­ter he was caught il­le­gally net­ting sea fish off Dprset.

Shane Bar­ton, 42, from Ply­mouth, was handed the Pro­ceeds of Crime Act con­fis­ca­tion or­der to­talling £104,147 at Bournemouth Crown Court on Fri­day, June 17, 2016, fol­low­ing a multi-agency in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the po­lice and En­vi­ron­ment Agency of­fi­cers.

He was ar­rested when he was caught fish­ing il­le­gally in Christchurch Harbour in May 2014, when his nets and catch were seized. He was sub­se­quently charged with pos­sess­ing crim­i­nal prop­erty.

Bar­ton ap­peared be­fore Bournemouth Crown Court on June 23, 2015, where he pleaded guilty to the of­fence and was handed a three-month prison sen­tence sus­pended for 24 months and a 12-month su­per­vi­sion or­der.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that he made £107,147 from his il­le­gal fish­ing ex­ploits.

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