Swindon Council Fights Fish Crime By Removing All The Fish From The Wiltshire and Berkshire Canal
IN a bid to stop fishing, or poaching as the officials call it, on the Wiltshire and Berkshire Canal in Swindon, Swindon Borough Council has removed the fish, all 1,098kg (2,421lb) of the stuff.
But they only own the section between The Kingshill to Rushley Platt, so we imagine that to avoid repeating the process, the Council has erected signs warning fish to stay away from the council owned property on pain of enforced relocation or a fine for trespassing.
A spokesman for the Swindon Council Brains Trust says:
“We’ve had several complaints about illegal fishing even though there have been signs put up there for several years.”
(Note to Council: signs might not work; try electric fencing.)
The fish wrangler adds:
“But we have had to wait for suitable conditions to remove the fish, which is why the work is being carried out now by specialist contractors.”
A spokesman for the Environment Agency then adds:
“We are absolutely committed to eliminating illegal fishing. We will have no hesitation in prosecuting those who commit fish crime to the fullest extent of the law.”
Plan B: kill all the fish.
Tomorrow: Swindon Council launches cunning plan to stop kids playing on the grass by tarmacing parks.