This article was published on April 9, 2013 and information contained within may now be out of date.
Lincolnshire Police and the Environment Agency are warning members of the public that a bogus ‘officials’ may be at work in Lincolnshire.
The Environment Agency have reported that an individual has been posing as a ‘bailiff’ where the man concerned allegedly checks fishing licenses, and asks for on-the-spot fines when anglers do not produce their licence.
The Environment Agency have confirmed that Officers do not ask for payment or on-the-spot fines. A genuine Agency bailiff (otherwise known as a Fisheries Enforcement Officer) will not take money on the bank side, or ask for money to be sent to them at a later date.
In a seperate incident it was reported by Lincolnshire Police in Sleaford that there have been individuals posing as plain clothes police officers. A man and a woman knocked on a door claiming to be CID officers, but – when challenged by the residents for their ID – left the area.
The woman was white, around 40-years-old and had long dark hair. She was dressed in a suit and a long coat and had rimmed glasses. The man was also around 40, had grey hair and was dressed in a long mac.
If approached by anyone claiming to be a Bailiff or official residents should ensure that they ask for, and check their identification, and never under any circumstances, pay money for on-the-spot fines.
Anyone with concerns about suspicious activity regarding an Environment Agency ‘Bailiff’ is asked to contact the Environment Agency 24-hour incident hotline number 0800 80 70 60. If you have information about a bogus official or feel you have been the victim of a crime, residents are advised to contact Lincolnshire Police on 101.