Fish dead after criminal damage at trout hatchery near Skipton

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5:45pm 26th February 2018
(Updated 5:51pm 26th February 2018)

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for witnesses and information following a report of criminal damage at The Bolton Abbey Trout Hatchery, near Skipton.

At some time between 2pm Saturday 24 February and 11am Sunday 25 February 2018 an unknown person has entered the Bolton Abbey Trout Hatchery near to Strid Wood and diverted an essential water supply pipe to a large storage tank containing 20,000 American Rainbow Trout.

As a result of this, the water has become devoid of oxygen and the fish have died.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for PC 1405 Simon Crossley at Skipton Police Station.

You can also email

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12180033109.

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