New powers to catch illegal cockle pickers

A bill is expected to be passed in the Scottish Parliament today that will give greater powers to stop illegally cockle picking along the Solway. There have been no prosecutions in the past 5 years there despite widespread abuses of the ban.

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Full Report: New powers to catch illegal cockle pickers

MSPs have agreed new legislation that will make it easier to arrest illegal cockle pickers on the Solway Firth.

In the five years since cockle picking was banned, no one has been prosecuted.

Nine years ago, 23 Chinese immigrants drowned while cockle picking in Morecambe Bay.

You can watch the full report from Matthew Taylor below.

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