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Last Updated: Monday, 3 October 2005, 20:11 GMT 21:11 UK
Fish removed from nature reserve
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A South Yorkshire council is so determined to stop people from angling at a nature reserve it has removed all the fish.

Sheffield City Council said it had decided to take the unusual step to help prevent accidents at the Shire Brook Valley Reserve.

In 2004, the Health and Safety Executive banned fishing at the site because of safety concerns.

Councillor David Barker said: "Fishing somewhere else is the only option."

The move follows an accident last year when a teenager carrying a fishing rod received an electric shock from nearby cables, resulting in serious burns.

Mr Barker said: "It is impossible to enter the reserve from most directions without passing under a high voltage pylon, so the risk of electrocution will always be there.

"It is unfortunate that a few individuals have made the fish removal necessary as the change in policy has so clearly been made to protect anglers and ensure that there will never be a recurrence of last year's accident."

The fish have been taken to other ponds and lakes in the district where fishing is allowed.


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