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THIS week’s Angler’s Mail magazine reports how Benjamin Cook’s video of him poaching was spotted by an eagle-eyed Environment Agency fisheries officer.

It lead to his arrest and subsequently ordered to pay £475 in fines and costs.

The video, entitled Poachin’ in Poole, is the first time the Environment Agency has used evidence from social media to secure a conviction.

Appearing before Bournemouth magistrates, Cook, of Patchins Road, Poole, Dorset was fined £175 and ordered to pay £300 costs after pleading guilty to using an unlicensed net to catch salmon and sea trout on the River Sherford in contravention of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975.

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