Troubled pond is on the up and is set to appear on BBC show

Chariman of the Shotton and District Angling Club Steve Maitland being filmed at Shotton Pond by cameraman Andy Mills, BBC One Caught Red Handed Producer and Director.

Chariman of the Shotton and District Angling Club Steve Maitland being filmed at Shotton Pond by cameraman Andy Mills, BBC One Caught Red Handed Producer and Director.

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AN angling club that was facing closure following a long line of vandal attacks is seeing a reverse in fortunes after increasing its profile.

Shotton and District Angling Club bosses say since the installation of a security barrier and publicity after a high-profile flytipping court case, the number of incidents is down.

The pond will feature in the new BBC One series Caught Red Handed.

The show, presented by Dom Littlewood, looks at how ordinary members of the public are winning the war against criminals.

It comes after Gary Colledge, 25, of Eden Lane, Peterlee, was caught by CCTV cameras at the site and was fined £165 with £630 and £15 victim surcharge.

Meanwhile the airing of footage filmed at the site for a separate programme, Fightback Britain, has been delayed.

Club chairman Steve Maitland said: “We did three-and-a-half hours of filming for the new show.

“I was asked about the background of the site and what keeps us going.”

He said since a barrier was installed at the site, there has been no reports of flytipping or cars being burned out at the site.

Last year the 60-year-old club, which had around 450 members at its peak in 2003, was on the verge of closing with just 90 members.

However 20 new members have signed up in recent months.

“People could see something was being done,” said Steve.