More laws to stop illegal cockle pickers

A bill that will give more powers to tackle the problem of illegal cockle picking on the Solway is expected to be passed in Holyrood today.

Cockle picking has been banned along the Solway to preserve stocks.

However gangs have been seen operating along the Solway, spurred on by the prospect of getting thousands of pounds for each catch.

Emergency services say they fear a repeat of the Morecambe Bay tragedy that killed 23 people in 2004.

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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.