A DAY'S fishing on the River Ribble proved costly for two Manchester men.

Blackburn magistrates heard the anglers did not have permits to fish on the stretch at Dinckley which was owned by the Prince Albert Angling Society.

Daniel Wanciura, 44, of Fylde Lane, Manchester, and Daniel Werwinski, 41, of Cardrona Street, Manchester, pleaded guilty to unlawfully attempting to take fish. They were each fined £200 with £85 costs and £34 victim surcharge.

The court was told both men were of good character.

Wanciura said it had never been there intention to commit any kind of criminal activity.

"We weren't aware of the fact it was private fishing," he said.