ANGLERS fear a popular fishing lake is being emptied off its stocks by hungry poachers.
Carp and bream have been stolen from Flanshaw and Walker dam.
Now police have stepped up patrols of both areas after complaints from owners Wakefield Anglers’ Club.
President Harry Lodge said: “We’ve found evidence of people coming into the lakes at night and we believe they have been taking fish.
“It’s costing the club quite a bit, if someone steals a 2lb fish then it can cost £8 to replace.
“It’s against the rules of the club to take away any fish other than pike.”
The club has joined forces with the Central Neighbourhood Police Team (NPT) to stop the poaching and also stamp out problems with anti social behaviour.
PCSO Tegan Erikson said: “There have been problems at the dams for a few years but it has escalated in recent weeks. I’d appeal to anyone who sees anything suspicious to get in touch with the NPT on 101.”