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UK farmer bans East European fishermen after alleged theft

Author: Petar Kostadinov Date: Sun, Aug 16 2009 7 Comments, 3383 Views
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Eastern Europeans, Poles in particular, have been banned from fishing at a lake in Oxfordshire, UK, after the site owner claimed they were stealing his stock, The Mail on Sunday said on August 15 2009.

Farmer Billy Evans,71, of Field Farm Fisheries in Launton, Oxfordshire, charges fishermen seven pounds a day at his four-acre lake.

Once they pay this fee fishermen are allowed to take two of the fish they catch, but, according to Evans, this was not the case with the Eastern Europeans.

There were normally 30 000 fish in his lake but hundreds have been stolen by eastern Europeans, he told the paper.

‘I’ve found groups of Poles bagging up the fish. I’ve been catching them red-handed and have seen them on CCTV leaving with bags of fish. I’ve also caught them using barbed hooks, which tear the fish’s mouth," he said.

Hence, a month ago he put up a sign saying "No Polish or Eastern Europe fishers allowed". Since then - he told The Mail on Sunday -  that he has not caught anybody stealing his stock.

"The eastern Europeans tend to fish in groups, not alone, and I caught one group who had four carrier bags full of half-dead fish. I told them it wasn’t allowed and one guy threatened me," he said.

However, police told the Mail on Sunday that they have not had any reports of the thefts or the threats by Evans.

A spokesman for the Equality and Human Rights Commission told the Mail on Sunday that it was unlawful to be refused a service – or not to be given the same standard of service extended to others – on grounds of race.

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    • Anonymous
      mandy Rating:
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      #7 00, 38, Sun, Dec 06 2009

      i have known mr evans since i was a kid. he has worked hard all his life hes tryin to make a livin and the polish are taken it away from him .when we want something we have to pay so make them pay . keep to your rights mr evans,

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      Epaminondas Rating:
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      #6 13, 05, Wed, Aug 19 2009

      I don't see the connection between jp's first and second statements. So the fish were trout - 'pstrag' in Polish - another tempting delicacy much featured in Krakow restaurants. So what ? As for CEE in the EU, that is a totally separate question.

    • Anonymous
      jp Rating:
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      #5 21, 06, Tue, Aug 18 2009

      The fish were trout. The CEE States wll not rise in the EU anytime in the next 100 years

    • Anonymous
      sonia Rating:
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      #4 20, 38, Tue, Aug 18 2009

      If they were Poles then there is no question of "race".

    • Anonymous
      Epaminondas Rating:
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      #3 10, 08, Tue, Aug 18 2009

      We do not know what type of fish. If it was carp - 'krap' in Polish -one can understand the Poles' reaction to such a bounteous supply of their favourite fish. Or was it perhaps near Christmas Eve, when carp is mandatory on every Polish table ?

    • Anonymous
      Cosmos Rating:
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      #2 15, 43, Mon, Aug 17 2009

      What a stupid response this old guy who owns the land has a right to ask for a small payment from fishermen so he can restock.But eastern europeans are a load of beggers and are criminals and the CEE will not rise so f**k off you tosser and get a life.

    • Anonymous
      Neil Rating:
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      #1 10, 39, Mon, Aug 17 2009

      Stupid British wait and see until the CEE States of the EU rise in 10 years time that little brit will shut his mouth.

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