Bailiff left in hospital after knife attack determined to catch illegal anglers in Burton
Date of alert:
Sunday, 25 September 2022
A river bailiff who was left with permanent spinal injuries after being attacked while out on patrol has issued a warning to anglers illegally fishing in Burton. John Anderson has said bailiffs will be carrying out more sting operations over the coming months, with those caught risking prosecution in the courts.
He will be out with the police, bailiffs from various angling clubs, as well as representatives from other organisations to catch rule breakers. It comes after people fishing with a licence or cruel fishing practices already being successfully prosecuted from previous stings. He has told how he will not be put off despite being attacked by some of those he has caught.
One such attack left him in hospital and with permanent problems with his back after being attacked with a knife, he said. However, this will not stop him and he has plenty of stings planned for the coming months, he said.