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Men arrested for suspected salmon poaching

Natural Resources Wales officers have arrested two men in Newbridge on Usk for suspected salmon poaching on the River Usk.

Acting on intelligence, officers patrolled the area and found two men with a dingy and a net across the river.

The men, aged 40 and 33 were both local to the area.  They were arrested on site, and with the support of Gwent police taken into custody for further questioning.

NRW Officers seized the equipment, and the car the suspects were using to use as evidence.

Rhys Hughes, Environmental Crime Team Leader, Natural Resources Wales said:

“Netting on the River Usk is banned for a reason – to protect important salmon stocks which are using the river to breed.

“We take poaching very seriously and will continue to work with local communities to tackle this crime which threatens our wildlife and our rivers.

“We urge anyone who sees signs of illegal poaching to report it immediately via our incident hotline on 0800 807060.”

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