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 Abuse rocks angling world


THE sickening news of sexual abuse by an angling coach has rocked the angling world.pstead

With the ever-present media coverage of alleged sexual abuse of children by TV stars it once again begs the question of how such vile acts can be prevented?

We report on Paul Stead, who was the junior angling coach for Leeds and District Amalgamated Society of Anglers and abused at least seven boys over an eight-year period.

He has thankfully been sentenced to 11 years in prison though many would call for a much longer sentence after preying on children to fulfill his own sick sexual gratification.

Having worked with children and numerous volunteers during my previous employment as fisheries officer for the Lee Valley Park, I was astounded at the amount of bad press that the strict checks received.

Many questioned why such probing questions were asked for Criminal Record Bureau checks as well as back-up identification – I wonder if they would be so vocal after this case??

This once again illustrates the need for clubs to embrace the Angling Trust’s coach licensing scheme which ensures that all licensed coaches hold an appropriate 1st4Sport coaching qualification, have undergone recognised and relevant Safeguarding and Protecting Children training, recognised First Aid Training and have also been DBS (formerly CRB) checked.


RIP Fred


SADDENING news this week was the untimely death of Fred Crouch at the age of 76.


I must confess I’m no barbel angler but have always been aghast of how many beards Fred actually netted, living up to his ‘barbel king’ status.

I met Fred a few times at children’s fish-ins and he was always friendly, warm, welcoming and certainly knowledgeable and really wish I had picked his brains a bit more.

We have a fitting obituary in this week’s issue…RIP Fred.




Taska tops


THIS week I check out the latest offerings from Taska and one point that was quick to agree with is packaging.

Tackle shops are often, dark, dank, dusty places with very dull packaging yet Taska have bucked the trend and go for a brilliant white with red logo, which will certainly brighten up shops.

I wonder if other tackle manufacturers will follow suit?



KORUM – great to see one of the leading brands backing the best big fish competition in the country.We have very exciting times ahead!!



PAEDOS – anyone who abuse such a position of trust should be locked-up and the key thrown away.



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The packed new issue of Angler's Mail is out now - look out for the cover i n shops this week!

The packed new issue of Angler’s Mail is out now – look out for the cover i n shops this week!