Coventry & Warwickshire

'No Eastern Europeans' fishing signs man escapes charges

Eddie Whitehead and the sign he put up at Dog Lane Fishery
Eddie Whitehead has removed the signs

Police have said the owner of a fishing lake will not be charged for putting up signs banning Eastern Europeans.

Eddie Whitehead, from Dog Lane Fishery in Napton-on-the-Hill, Warwickshire, said he believed people from Eastern Europe were taking fish to eat instead of returning them to the lake.

He put three signs up after restocking the carp lake at a cost of £10,000.

Police said they investigated complaints the sign was racist but Mr Whitehead will not be charged.

The 75-year-old said police officers visited the fishery and ordered him to remove the signs.

He said he was not a racist and the fishery had a strict catch-and-release policy.

New "Fishery Watch" signs, provided by Warwickshire Police, have now been installed, stating anyone caught stealing fish could face a maximum fine of £5,000.

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