A CARING club official had a ten-inch knife pulled on him when he tried to stop a rogue angler from fishing during the coronavirus crisis.

The long-standing official, who asked not be identified, endured the shocking lockdown incident on one of his club’s lakes.

He told Angler’s Mail: “I’d been at work all day and had to drive past a lake on the way home. I spotted an angler fishing, so I went over to him and he wanted to have an argument.

“I tried to explain that all our club waters are shut, and you aren’t legally allowed to drive to go fishing (during lockdown).

“He got very angry, and at the end he pulled a ten-inch knife out, so I immediately left and called the Police.

“The Police have been fantastic, and are tracking him down now.

“The angler is actually a club member, so the Police are able to look into his details and address.

“There’s been a lot of knife crime in this area over the past couple of years, so the Police are treating this seriously.

“I’ve never known anything like this. I’m still trying to get my head round it,” he added.

Lockdown problems

Police officers around the country have been busy breaking up gatherings. They’ve also been stopping people engaging in activites that are not allowed during lockdown.

Angling is currently not a legitimate exercise. Many Police forces have stressed that they will tell any anglers to pack up, and even issue a £60 fine.

In one well-publicised case, Devon and Cornwall Police discovered a family from London on a fishing trip near Torquay, nearly 200 miles from their home. They were sent home in their car at 5am after being fined.

The many lakes around the Cotswolds were among those being patrolled obver the past month.

A spokesperson for Wiltshire Police said: “We’ve had reports of people fishing at the lakes.

“This does not count as exercise as per the Government guidelines.

“The Government states that you should not be driving to a location away from home to carry this out.”

The Angling Trust is hoping angling can be phased back in when lockdown restrictions are eased. They have put forward a special report to the government.

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