By James Moncur
The leader of a lifeboat crew has been accused of poaching salmon while he was off duty.
Tommy Yule, coxswain of Arbroath Lifeboat, faces four charges connected to an alleged incident in June.
The 40-year-old fisherman, who has been involved in hundreds of rescues, was arrested along with a 14-year-old boy at Elliot Sands, in Arbroath’s West Links.
The pair were detained following a joint operation between Tayside Police and water bailiffs employed by the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board investigating claims illegal fishing may be taking place in the area.
Officers allegedly found a quantity of fish - believed to be salmon – and a selection of illegal nets.
Yule and the teenager were charged under the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 2003.
It is understood a vehicle was confiscated.
A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: “We can confirm a 14-year-old boy and a 40-year-old man were charged in connection with an incident at Elliot Sands by Arbroath on June 7.”
Yule, from St Vigeans, near Arbroath, first volunteered for the local lifeboat crew when he was 17 and became coxswain in 2004. More....