An angler was caught fishing illegally after he was pictured showing off his catch, a 6lb 2oz perch, in a fishing magazine.
He ended up in court as he did not have a valid rod licence and was fined £200 with £75 costs, after pleading guilty at the Magistrates' Court.
The cost of a full licence is £25 a year.
OK, so he was "breaking the law", but I am amazed this was chased up and more so that anyone would be sad enough to read a specialist magazine and then cross reference the angler to a list of permit holders. Or is there more than meets the eye here and someone has it in for him and grassed?
Either way, what a petty minded thing to do and it seems to be indicative of life in England at the moment. :-(