Cockling patrols increased

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Patrols have been stepped up in rleation to illegal cockling in the Solway.

Marine Scotland Officers and Police Scotland Officers have been on the ball and sharing information in relation to the illegal harvesting of cockles along the shores, particularly targeting areas where intelligence from the public and historic information suggests poaching may take place.

Constable Laurie Irving, one of the police officers currently assisting Marine Scotland with their patrols said: “The Solway has been a rich source of income for those who carry out illegal cockling and the force is keen to assist Marine Scotland to proactively patrol likely areas where the cockling occurs. The public are a crucial part of this operation and we rely on their local information about what is going on in their communities.”

A Marine Scotland spokesman said: “Marine Scotland Compliance now has a significant presence in the Solway area and is working closely with Police Scotland.”