Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Shock as Dead Fish Gets Away

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Shock as Dead Fish Gets Away

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Byline: By Sam Marsden

A fisherman has criticised "crazy" police attempts to confiscate a 120kg (264lb) sturgeon after allegations it was sold illegally.

The 9ft fish was sold to a wholesaler for pounds 650 at Plymouth's fish market yesterday morning before police intercepted the sale.

Father-of-two Robert Davies, 27, of Llanelli, South Wales, offered the sturgeon, a royal fish, to the Queen after catching it in Swansea Bay.

After receiving a fax from the head of the Royal Household saying he could "dispose of it as he saw fit", he travelled to Plymouth to sell it at auction.

But police were alerted by officials from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and halted the sale of the endangered species.

Mr Davies's father and fellow fisherman Kevin Davies, 44, said the police inquiry was "absolutely crazy".

"We have really been left in the lurch. I telephoned the police personally, and they left me a bit in the dark," he said. …

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