Fishing boat seized in Guernsey waters

Brixham registered beam trawler in St Peter Port Harbour The beam trawler from Brixham was stopped by the Leopardess off the south coast of Guernsey

A Brixham registered beam trawler, suspected of fishing illegally, has been impounded by Guernsey's sea fisheries vessel, the Leopardess.

A spokeswoman for the Commerce and Employment Department confirmed that a vessel had been intercepted within a newly created 12-mile fishing limit.

The 42m (138ft) Becky Lou was escorted into St Peter Port harbour arriving just before 17:00 GMT.

The spokeswoman said a court appearance was likely to follow on Tuesday.

It is the first time a vessel has been impounded since the 12-mile limit, within which vessels need to be licensed in order to fish, was introduced at the start of February.

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