Oyster gang quizzed over haul

Echo: Oyster gang quizzed over haul Oyster gang quizzed over haul

POLICE caught a group of suspected illegal oyster pickers red-handed after the gang were seen loading the back of a jeep with hundreds picked from the seafront.

Officers swooped on the silver Honda 4x4 on Western Esplanade, near the Genting Club in Westcliff, after concerned members of the public called police.

Two police cars stopped the jeep from leaving and officers ordered the haul to be put back in the sea.

No arrests were made, but the incident has highlighted growing concerns about oyster picking on the seafront.

Echo:

Low tide: Picker still on the shore

A 43-year-old man, who watched the incident unfold, said: “I was shocked to see people doing it so brazenly.

They were just filling up the back of the car in broad daylight.

They had the door open as if they wanted to go, but they were waiting for a woman who was still picking way out on the shore. Then the police turned up.”

A police spokeswoman said: “Police officers on patrol in Southend were alerted by a member of the public to a group of two men and a woman who appeared to have several bags of oysters.

“Officers spoke to the group and checked to see if the items were for individual consumption.

We will be liaising with Southend Council.”

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Caught: Police move on the oyster pickers

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Siezed: shelled oysters confiscatred by the council in May and (below) in February

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The police waited at the scene for about 20 minutes until another woman, who was still visible far out on the foreshore collecting cockles, was encouraged to return with her filled bags.

The police spokeswoman said no arrests were made after they agreed to return the oysters and the actions of the group were followed by CCTV operators.

The group was one of a number of people seen the same evening who appeared to be picking shellfish on the shore between Chalkwell and Eastern Esplanade.

Dipti Patel, council head of public protection, said: “We have been liaising with Essex Police about this incident and will be investigating the information they have given us.”

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12:31pm Mon 16 Jun 14

The Stinker Returns says...

Who owns the oysters then?
Who owns the oysters then? The Stinker Returns
  • Score: 3

12:36pm Mon 16 Jun 14

TheaWells says...

The Stinker Returns wrote:
Who owns the oysters then?
That's what I'm sat here thinking..... I had no idea one couldn't just pick shellfish up.... or is it because they were suspected of 'selling' them on for profit so required a licence?
[quote][p][bold]The Stinker Returns[/bold] wrote: Who owns the oysters then?[/p][/quote]That's what I'm sat here thinking..... I had no idea one couldn't just pick shellfish up.... or is it because they were suspected of 'selling' them on for profit so required a licence? TheaWells
  • Score: 5

12:47pm Mon 16 Jun 14

poortaxpayer says...

This is what happens when the authorities turn a blind eye to illegal shellfish picking...

http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/2004_Moreca
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This is what happens when the authorities turn a blind eye to illegal shellfish picking... http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/2004_Moreca mbe_Bay_cockling_dis aster poortaxpayer
  • Score: 9

12:59pm Mon 16 Jun 14

pembury53 says...

TheaWells wrote:
The Stinker Returns wrote: Who owns the oysters then?
That's what I'm sat here thinking..... I had no idea one couldn't just pick shellfish up.... or is it because they were suspected of 'selling' them on for profit so required a licence?
if they are for personal consumption, you can just take them...... however, be prepared for a serious dose of the 'back yard trots' because they need to be purged of the raw sewage they contain........ these illegal commercial pickers are a public health menace, but at least the police are starting to intervene, and the public should keep phoning whenever they are spotted.....
[quote][p][bold]TheaWells[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Stinker Returns[/bold] wrote: Who owns the oysters then?[/p][/quote]That's what I'm sat here thinking..... I had no idea one couldn't just pick shellfish up.... or is it because they were suspected of 'selling' them on for profit so required a licence?[/p][/quote]if they are for personal consumption, you can just take them...... however, be prepared for a serious dose of the 'back yard trots' because they need to be purged of the raw sewage they contain........ these illegal commercial pickers are a public health menace, but at least the police are starting to intervene, and the public should keep phoning whenever they are spotted..... pembury53
  • Score: 19

1:19pm Mon 16 Jun 14

DAGASMAN says...

It must have been some white people having a go, the fuzz would never have come out for the chinese pickers that are there everyday
It must have been some white people having a go, the fuzz would never have come out for the chinese pickers that are there everyday DAGASMAN
  • Score: 8

1:25pm Mon 16 Jun 14

abd123 says...

You can take them but if they are for commercial use you need a movement notification. Like bringing in tobacco from abroad there is an amount you can move without having to prove they are for private use. I think it is something like 6 sacks. The estuary here is full of micro organisms that the oysters suck in and are hazardous to eat unless they are cleansed in a clean water area but it takes months of decontamination to abide by the law.
You can take them but if they are for commercial use you need a movement notification. Like bringing in tobacco from abroad there is an amount you can move without having to prove they are for private use. I think it is something like 6 sacks. The estuary here is full of micro organisms that the oysters suck in and are hazardous to eat unless they are cleansed in a clean water area but it takes months of decontamination to abide by the law. abd123
  • Score: 5

1:30pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

Could be worse. They could have been growing kilos and kilos of weed and when they got their collars felt claimed it was all 'Percy'.......
Could be worse. They could have been growing kilos and kilos of weed and when they got their collars felt claimed it was all 'Percy'....... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 2

4:43pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

The Stinker Returns wrote:
Who owns the oysters then?
The head of state. Her Royal Majesty the Queen
From low tide too high tide
[quote][p][bold]The Stinker Returns[/bold] wrote: Who owns the oysters then?[/p][/quote]The head of state. Her Royal Majesty the Queen From low tide too high tide Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -1

4:59pm Mon 16 Jun 14

runwellian says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
The Stinker Returns wrote:
Who owns the oysters then?
The head of state. Her Royal Majesty the Queen
From low tide too high tide
Does she also own the filth in the water?
Gosh! you must be desperate to eat anything out of Southend's water, all those long brown things, condoms etc. the oystesr need to come with a health warning!
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Stinker Returns[/bold] wrote: Who owns the oysters then?[/p][/quote]The head of state. Her Royal Majesty the Queen From low tide too high tide[/p][/quote]Does she also own the filth in the water? Gosh! you must be desperate to eat anything out of Southend's water, all those long brown things, condoms etc. the oystesr need to come with a health warning! runwellian
  • Score: 2

5:36pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
The Stinker Returns wrote:
Who owns the oysters then?
The head of state. Her Royal Majesty the Queen
From low tide too high tide
I think I saw her and hubby out their with their kids scrabbling sbout amongst the richards and stella tins for a handful of winkles to eat when I last went past that way
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Stinker Returns[/bold] wrote: Who owns the oysters then?[/p][/quote]The head of state. Her Royal Majesty the Queen From low tide too high tide[/p][/quote]I think I saw her and hubby out their with their kids scrabbling sbout amongst the richards and stella tins for a handful of winkles to eat when I last went past that way Howard Cháse
  • Score: 4

7:25am Tue 17 Jun 14

CarnMountification says...

Winkles, Cockles, Richards and condoms, Blue Flag Day ?
Winkles, Cockles, Richards and condoms, Blue Flag Day ? CarnMountification
  • Score: 1

7:56am Tue 17 Jun 14

poortaxpayer says...

If I am reading this story right after being warned they turned up later that evening with others to continue without any Police intervention?
If I am reading this story right after being warned they turned up later that evening with others to continue without any Police intervention? poortaxpayer
  • Score: 2

12:07pm Tue 17 Jun 14

CarnMountification says...

poortaxpayer wrote:
If I am reading this story right after being warned they turned up later that evening with others to continue without any Police intervention?
The Police have far more pressing matters to be concerned with
[quote][p][bold]poortaxpayer[/bold] wrote: If I am reading this story right after being warned they turned up later that evening with others to continue without any Police intervention?[/p][/quote]The Police have far more pressing matters to be concerned with CarnMountification
  • Score: 0

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