Man tries to steal expensive carp from a Darlington garden centre

Darlington and Stockton Times: A Ghost carp A Ghost carp

POLICE knew something fishy was going on when they apprehended a man who had an expensive fish stuffed up his coat.

Officers were acting on a report that a man had stolen a £70 Ghost carp fish from Elm Ridge garden centre in Darlington today (Tuesday, April 8).

He had allegedly scooped it from the display pond with a net and stuffed it into a small sports bag which he shoved underneath his coat.

The 21-year-old then made off on foot, intending to travel to the other side of town, but he was detained by garden centre staff who called the police.

When officers found the fish in the bag under his jacket it seemed to have suffered no ill-effects and was swiftly returned to its pond.

The suspect stated in his defence that he thought fish could survive for 24 hours out of water.

The man was dealt with via a £90 fixed penalty notice and under a restorative approach he will also be writing a letter of apology to the staff at Elm Ridge.

PC Mark Gilchrist of Darlington Police said: “The job was dealt with very e’fish’ently!”

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6:23pm Tue 8 Apr 14

itwasnotme says...

something very fishy going on here :)
something very fishy going on here :) itwasnotme
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9:01pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Border Terrier says...

Oh my cod!
Oh my cod! Border Terrier
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9:54pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Mckue 72 says...

Trout of order, or is it a load of Carp ? Salmon should of put this lad back in the Tank
Trout of order, or is it a load of Carp ? Salmon should of put this lad back in the Tank Mckue 72
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11:48am Wed 9 Apr 14

studio says...

You`ve cod to be kidding?
You`ve cod to be kidding? studio
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12:13pm Wed 9 Apr 14

WithRespect341 says...

Think PC Gilchtist is being a bit Koy with his comment
Think PC Gilchtist is being a bit Koy with his comment WithRespect341
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