Illegal cockle pickers held

Officers speak to some of the four cockle pickers in an area of Hartlepool known locally as black beach
Officers speak to some of the four cockle pickers in an area of Hartlepool known locally as black beach

FOUR cockle pickers are being investigated after they were caught illegally collecting shellfish from the Hartlepool coast.

The men were stopped by officials after they had collected eight kilogrammes of cockles and mussels in an area where the activity has been banned.

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