THREE men have been handed fines for fishing illegally.

The action has led to the Environment Agency to remind anglers of the importance of having a rod licence 

On April 16, Adrian Faife, 59, of Gairloch Road, London, was found fishing for eels or freshwater fish at Aldin Fishing Lakes, Durham.

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On April 30, Sylwester Michneiwicz, 37, of Roker Avenue, Sunderland, was caught trout fishing at Derwent Reservoir, Consett.

On May 1, Jordan Mark Aldworth, 22, of St Johns Walk, Escomb, Bishop Auckland, was found fishing for trout at Grassholme Reservoir, Middleton In Teesdale.

Each were without a licence when caught on targeted patrols and fined a total of £611, ordered to pay costs of £127 and a victim surcharge of £44. The offences were proved in absence at Darlington Magistrates’ Court.