TWO fishermen have been fined after they snuck into Sunderland’s docks.
Michael Cave and Colin Green, both from Sunderland, were caught by security staff fishing from restricted land, at 9.45pm on November 22.
They were arrested and entered guilty pleas at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.
Michelle Irving, prosecuting for the city council, said both men claimed they did not see any signs warning them it was private land, but there were 14 signs around the compound.
Both men represented themselves in court to plead guilty to an offence under the Port of Sunderland bylaws.
Cave, 30, of Hampstead Road, Nookside, said: “We knew we should not have been doing it, so we pleaded guilty.”
Green, 35, of Springwell Road, added: “We were on the sea defences, on the other side of the barrier. We had not climbed a fence; we had just climbed up on to the groyne.
“It was an error of judgement.”
In the past, fisherman have been warned about the dangers of fishing off certain areas of the coast which are prohbited and have had to be rescued after angling off danger spots.
Magistrates fined the pair £20 each and ordered they pay court costs of £60 and a £20 victim surcharge.