Getting hooked in Loughborough

Police in Loughborough have joined forces with Leicestershire County Council and Charnwood Borough Council to set up the ‘Gone Fishin” project.

PC Gary Bailey from Loughborough police along with Leicestershire County Council Local Area Coordinator, Milo Poli, Louise Chance from Charnwood Borough Council and local resident Zac Till have come together to create the ‘Gone Fishin” project and offer residents in the Bell Foundry area of Loughborough the opportunity to learn how to fish and take part in regular angling sessions on the Grand Union Canal.

Every Wednesday between 1pm and 3pm fishing sessions will take place under the guidance of Zac on the Grand Union Canal near to Bishop Meadow Lock, Swingbridge Road, Loughborough. Participants will be able to use fishing tackle donated to the project, and learn the basics of angling.

PC Gary Bailey said: “From my work in the community I thought there was an opportunity to make available to local people a different kind of activity that involves them taking an active part in their surroundings, build social links, and learn new skills.

“We have been fortunate to receive some great support from the river trust who have given us community club status and which allows us to fish this section of the canal. We have received donations of fishing tackle and Bennetts Tackle Shop in Mountsorrel have kindly provided free bait, for which we are enormously grateful.”

Local resident Zac Till said: “It is great to be a part of this and help the local community learn more about their surroundings and be involved in a great hobby.”

Milo Poli from Leicestershire County Council said: “It’s a great opportunity for local people to get involved in something positive, enjoy the outdoors and reap the social benefits of being part of a group. Thank you to Brian from the Loughborough Angling Association for allowing us to fish the canal and for donating some fantastic equipment.”

Louise Chance from Charnwood Borough Council said: “It’s lovely to see local residents come together and build links with each other and their local beat team.

If you would like to know more about the project you can contact Pc Gary Bailey by email, [email protected]

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

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