Fish worth over £2,000 stolen from Midlands venue.
prolific Barston Lakes near Solihull is famous among specimen carp, and
match anglers alike – and has a deserved reputation for being among the
country’s most prolific fishing venues. However, last Thursday night it
was the victim of a fish theft.
Anglers who have visited the
venue before cannot have failed to notice the clubhouse’s novel koi carp
pond, which is housed in the giant ornamental fountain at the front of
the club house. At 10 pm last Thursday, 7th November thieves struck
however, stealing an estimated £2,000 worth of koi carp, including
individual fish to almost 10lb in weight.
Venue owner, Nigel
Harrhy explained: “Whoever carried out the theft has obviously fished at
the venue before, and judging by the net used I think that they are
probably carp anglers. The time they chose to strike also makes me think
that they know we are not open on Thursdays – and took full advantage
of the fact. What really worries me is the fact that they have been so
brazen – if they are prepared to steal carp from an ornamental fountain
in front of a clubhouse, how many have they nicked from the main lake?”
a CCTV camera focuses on the fountain, so the whole thing has been
captured on CCTV, and the footage is available to view on the video
below. The fishery is offering a £500 reward for information leading to
the capture of the culprits, so anyone with any information should call
Barston on: 01675 444890