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Canterbury Police Target Illegal Fishing and Anti-Social Behaviour

Kent Police are targeting illegal fishing and anti-social behaviour in Canterbury.

Local officers from the community safety unit were out with representatives from Canterbury City Council, Landmarc Support Services and the Headquarters Cinque Ports Training Area on Saturday 25 November 2017 addressing issues taking place in the Old Park Training Area’s woodland near Dickens Avenue

Pictured from left: Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Nathan Mullins, Matt Ullah from Canterbury City Council, PCSO Gavin Dodwell, Colin Grist from Landmarc Support Services, Major Rick Bevan from the Ministry of Defence, Simon Howse from Landmarc Support Services, Bobby Lynch from the council, and PCSO Matt Farley.

Sergeant Lee Thompson said: ‘The woodland spanning 400 acres has recently seen reports of off-road motorbikes, littering and illegal fishing and we have been working with partners to try and address these issues.

‘We carried out a joint patrol of the area last Saturday and the council arranged for three truck-loads of rubbish to be removed. We were able to deter any unlicensed anglers from entering the training area and will be monitoring this site as part of an ongoing project.’

Douglas Rattray, Head of Safer Communities at Canterbury City Council, said: ‘We are determined to catch, fine and, if we need to, bring flytippers before the courts.

‘Our enforcement officers will have scoured the rubbish for evidence of those responsible for flytipping and for the people the rubbish belonged to in the first place. If they have not used a licensed waste carrier, they are liable too and we will pursue them.’