Three Whalsay fishermen the latest charged in connection with illegal landings

Three Whalsay fishermen are the latest to have been charged with fraud in connection with a huge on-going investigation into illegal landings at the Lerwick pelagic factory Shetland Catch.

The three men, who all work on board the pelagic trawler Serene, are Bobby Polson, 46, Thomas Eunson, 54, and Allen Anderson, 53. All appeared in private at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

Ten men have now been charged in the case, which is understood to involve mackerel valued at around £50 million. All 10 have made no plea or declaration and have been released on bail pending further examination.

The charges follow a lengthy investigation by the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency, which resulted in a raid by police and fisheries officers on the Shetland Catch factory in September 2005.


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