Brothers jailed for attacks on fisheries officers

Two brothers from Lifford have been jailed for attacks on fisheries officers along the Tyrone-Donegal border.

Joseph Colhoun, 30, from Beechwood Grove, was jailed for a year and his brother Mark, 27 and from the same address, was sentenced to seven months.

Both had previous convictions for fisheries-related matters.

John McCartney from the Loughs Agency said his staff should be able to work without fear and intimidation.

"As a director of the agency I'm sending out young men and women who have the right to go about their work without the fear of violence confrontation," he said.

"Poaching in this day in age is carried out by those behind organised crime.

"It's no longer socially acceptable, it's damaging tourism and our stocks of fish," he said.