07:43 Wednesday 08 January 2014

Poachers tried to stab me

Written byBY HELEN KREFT

A BAILIFF today told how he was attacked with a knife by poachers stealing fish from a water park.

John Anderson, 53, ended up on a spinal board in hospital after he was also kicked in the back (inset picture).

It happened after he confronted two Eastern European men at Branston Water Park, where he is a bailiff for Burton Mutual Angling Club.

Mr Anderson, of Field Lane, Burton, was found lying in agony by a passer-by who called an ambulance.

He said: “I was trying to defend myself but it all happened so quickly. They were going for my face. I had my arm up so I got hit in the arm and it cut my coat. Luckily, I had one coat over another.

“I have a pain in my neck and was left dazed and shaken. It was an awful day.”

Mr Anderson was walking at the beauty spot at around 9am on Monday when he saw two men carrying a fishing rod and a bag with fish in it.

He said: “You are not allowed to take fish away from the water park. As I am the bailiff of the angling club I went to speak to them and asked if they were members.

“They spoke but I can’t remember what they said. The taller one disappeared down the side of me, the other put his hand inside his coat pocket. I thought he was going to take out some papers to show me, but he pulled out a Stanley knife.

“I put my arms up to try to back him off, and then the other one kicked me in the back from behind. I bent over and fell to the ground and they both ran off.”

Mr Anderson managed to get help from a passer-by and was strapped to a spinal board by an ambulance crew. X-rays revealed no broken bones.

PC Beth Page said: “Both men were described as of Eastern European appearance and aged 25 to 35. The first was around 6ft tall and of athletic build, and wearing a trapper-style hat, while the second was around 5ft 7in to 9in tall with a heavier build. He was wearing a baseball cap with a flat top, had piercing eyes and rotten, noticeably black teeth.”

Any witness details should be passed to PC 4973 Beth Page on 101 quoting incident number 142 of Monday, January 6.

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