‘Pay up’ warn­ing af­ter boaters are fined in the East

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KEEP­ING BOATS on the Anglian rivers with­out pay­ing reg­is­tra­tion fees has cost two boaters a to­tal of more than £1,200, af­ter the En­vi­ron­ment Agency took them to court in a crack­down on eva­sion.

The two craft were found moored on the River Nene and the Great Ouse with­out reg­is­tra­tion (the EA equiv­a­lent of li­cens­ing) plates. Kevin Sag­gers was found guilty in his ab­sence and or­dered to pay £734 for keep­ing Lazy Lady on the Great Ouse with­out reg­is­tra­tion; while Christo­pher King had to pay £493 af­ter plead­ing guilty to keep­ing the un­reg­is­tered Lit­tle Jo

Larkin on the Nene. The EA’s Nathan Arnold pointed out that “a sig­nif­i­cant part of car­ing for the rivers, pro­tect­ing them, and en­sur­ing peo­ple con­tinue to en­joy them is funded by boaters pay­ing their way”. Those who don’t con­trib­ute, he added, are “threat­en­ing the fu­ture of our wa­ter­ways – and we won’t hes­i­tate to take ac­tion against them”.

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