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UK: Environment Agency's river inspectors catch eight boaters without navigation licences

Registration discs must be displayed on craft so they are clearly visible to the organisation's enforcement staff

Eight boaters have been prosecuted for keeping their vessels on waterways without registering them with the Environment Agency.

The charges were heard at Cambridge Magistrates' Court on Thursday, 10 January 2013, and the offenders were ordered to pay fines totaling £3,490, compensation totaling £3,111 and costs totaling £1,344.

On all eight occasions, the Environment Agency's river inspectors saw the boats moored up without displaying the necessary licence. Registration discs must be displayed on craft so they are clearly visible to the organisation's enforcement staff.

All boats kept, let for hire or used on Environment Agency waterways must be registered. In order to register the vessel must have a current boat safety scheme certificate and valid insurance.

Irven Forbes, an Environment Agency Waterways Manager, said:
"Failing to register a boat just does not pay.

"Not only do people risk being prosecuted and fined up to £1,000, but they still have to pay their registration fee and will end up with a criminal record."

  • Andrew Barlow, from Little Thetford, Ely, had avoided a navigation fee of £788.97 for his vessel 'Suo-Gan', which was found moored on the River Great Ouse, in Little Thetford, on 25 September, 2012.

    The charge was proved in his absence. Barlow was fined £1,000, ordered to pay compensation of £788.97 and costs of £172.


  • Malcolm Blackwell, from Gascoigne Way, Billericay, Essex, had avoided a navigation fee of £25.79 for his vessel 'Sunflower', which was found moored on the River Cam, Cambridgeshire, without a licence on 18 August, 2012.

    The charge was proved in his absence. Blackwell was fined £150, ordered to pay compensation of £25.79 and costs of £172.


  • Norman Bishop, from Willow Chase, Newport, Saffron Walden, had avoided a navigation fee of £308.84 for his vessel 'Curlew', which was found moored on the River Great Ouse, Ely, on 17 September, 2012.

    Bishop pleaded guilty by post and was fined £100 and ordered to pay costs of £140. He provided evidence that he has since registered the boat, and so had to pay no compensation.


  • Clive Butcher, from Brooke Grove, Ely, had avoided a navigation fee of £399.54 for his vessel 'Cazbern', which was found moored on the River Great Ouse, Ely, on 17 September, 2012.

    Butcher pleaded guilty by post and was fined £300, ordered to pay compensation of £399.54 and costs of £172.


  • James Kidner, from Bethnal Road, Stoke Newington, London, had avoided a navigation fee of £788.97 for his vessel 'Junewood IV', which was found moored on the River Cam, Upware, on 5 September, 2012.

    The charge was proved in his absence. Kidner was fined £300, ordered to pay compensation of £788.97 and costs of £172.


  • Andrew Manson, from High Street, Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire, had avoided a navigation fee of £399.54 for his vessel 'Alleycat', which was found moored on the River Great Ouse, Ely, on 17 September, 2012.

    The charge was proved in his absence. Manson was fined £300, ordered to pay compensation of £399.54 and costs of £172.


  • Priscilla Stemp, from Primrose View, Royston, Hertfordshire, had avoided a navigation fee of £399.54 for her vessel 'Eliza Mahlar', which was found moored on the River Great Ouse, Ely, on 17 September, 2012.

    The charge was proved in her absence. Stemp was fined £300, ordered to pay compensation of £399.54 and costs of £172.


  • Helen Thorne, from Sadlers Way, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, had avoided a navigation fee of £308.84 for her vessel 'Sue', which was found moored on the River Cam, Little Thetford, on 5 September, 2012.

    The charge was proved in her absence. Thorne was fined £300, ordered to pay compensation of £308.84 and costs of £172.