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Men charged with taking crayfish

Three men have been charged with taking protected crayfish from a Northumberland river.

They are accused of taking white-clawed crayfish from the River Wansbeck at Bothal near Ashington on 23 April.

The two 38-year-olds and one 18-year-old were charged under the Wildlife and Countryside Act after an investigation by police and the Environment Agency.

White-clawed crayfish are protected under the act, making it illegal to take them from the wild.

The men have been bailed to appear at South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court on 15 July.

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