AN ANNUAL police fishing event is set to reel in youngsters from across the country this summer.
West Yorkshire Police’s Get Hooked on Fishing Not Drugs annual fish off is set to return this August – and applications are already flowing in for the 180 places available.
Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Anyone who wants to take part is being urged to register early to make sure they can net themselves a spot.
This year’s event will be on the Calder and Hebble Navigation at Horbury Bridge on August 2.
It has been organised to provide something for young people to do over the summer and to distract those who might get involved in anti-social behaviour from doing so.
There are categories for under-15s and under-18s.
Last year’s event drew competitors from as far away as Newcastle.
David Speight, a West Yorkshire Police photographer who organises Get Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs, said: “It’s a great event and a brilliant opportunity to make new friends.
“There is a wonderful sense of spirit and camaraderie amongst the competitors who make it a true family showcase.
“I remember last year there was a young boy who was struggling with the wrong tackle and not really having much luck.
“Even though it was a competition, one of the other dads came up to him and lent him some of his gear and gave him help and instruction on how to catch fish. That summed up the whole ethos of the event to me.”
Application forms will be sent out in mid-June. Ring Anne Shaw on 01924 292271 from Monday to Wednesday to register.