Maggot Times - November 2002



Headline:  Human remains found in Canal
Date: 19 November 2002


Police are appealing for anglers to come forward after human remains were fished out of a canal.

Underwater search teams were called in on Sunday after a human arm was found floating down the Grand Union Canal in Loughborough, Leics, in a bin bag. Divers were still scouring the waterway for clues yesterday, as people living along the cut spoke of their shock at the grim discovery.

The area, near Belton Road bridge, is popular with pleasure anglers, cyclists and dog walkers.

Detective Superintendent Bob Small appealed to residents to come forward with information.

“If you saw something suspicious in the area or have any information which you feel could help the inquiry please get in touch,” he said. “Even the smallest detail could have vital significance.”

Maria Chalk, 54, the owner of kennels on the towpath where the package was found said: "It is upsetting. We have seen other things in the water in the past few months like that and I think the police are very interested to know what we have seen.”

Keith Hartley, 52, landlord of the Albion Inn close to the scene, said police told him the package was an arm in a well taped-up black plastic bag.

“It is not an every day occurrence but we do see rubbish that floats down the canal all the time,” he said.

Anyone with information should call police on 0116 222 2222 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Headline:  Marie Currie Cup
Date: 21 October  2002


A premier predator match raised more than £1000 for cancer charity - despite being called off after just two hours.

Eighty anglers braved hurricane-force winds to fish the Marie Curie Cup, organised in conjunction with the Pike Anglers Club on the Great Ouse at Ely.

But officials ordered the all-out barely half way through the match for safety reasons, after watching competitiors struggle with gusts of more than 60mph.

Rods were blown from rests and umbrellas turned turtle in winds which made standing on your feet a battle.

Just two fish were landed, both by juniors. Leanne Bradbury, 13, from Wainfleet, near Skegness won the overall event and the biggest pike, with an 8:02 fish on a dead roach.

Local lad Scott Verdon, 12, came second with an 8lb zander, which was also the biggest - and only - zander caught.

Before the prize giving Dick Culpin, regional organiser for the Pike Anglers Club, told competitors: "I think you were bloody marvellous to stick it out as long as you did."

Melanie Ford, from Marie Curie Cancer Care, said: "We've raised over £1000, which is just fantastic.

"It's such a shame it had to be the worst day of the year but everyone's been really generous."

Marie Curie Cancer Care has decided to make the event a national one, with a final on the Great Ouse next November after a series of qualifying heats around the country.

Qualifiers are provisionally arranged for:

Sunday, November 10 - Inns Lake, Rickmansworth, Herts; Kennet and Avon Canal, Avon.

Sunday, November 24 - Silver End Pits, Kelvedon, Essex; Bradwell Lakes, Beds.

Sunday, December 8 - Broad Colney, Herts.

Sunday, February 9 (2003) - Grendon lakes, Northants.

Sunday, March 2 - Suffolk Water Park, Ipswich; Wyboston Lakes, Cambs; River Soar, Leics; Swanton Morley Pits, Norfolk.

Further information from Melanie Ford, on 01223 416405

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