Distinckt Admin December 25, 2017 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPolish angler Rado Papiewski wants to have the sign removed The owner of a fishery which displayed a sign banning Polish and “Eastern bloc” anglers says it has been taken down after his family received threats. Billy Evans of Field Farm Fisheries said the sign ran up because he had caught anglers stealing fish. He said he now are also welcome to closed the fishery. Polish angler Rado Papiewski created more than PS10, 000 for a private prosecution to have the sign removed. The Equality and Human Rights Commission says the sign was unlawful. It had warned it would take “enforcement action” if necessary. Mr Evans told the BBC: “The sign has been removed because of threats to their own families. “I am not in the country. I will decide what to do on my return. I may close it to all public long term.” Mr Evans said the fishery, in Launton, near Bicester, Oxfordshire, was closed as usual for the winter but would remain so until farther notice. He added: “I do not tolerate thieves, wherever they come from.” Image caption Billy Evans( depicted in 2009) said there had been threats to his family Mr Papiewski, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, runs a project called Building Bridges , for the Angling Trust, which aims to “educate and integrate” anglers from other countries. The project website expressed the view that anglers from countries such as Poland have traditionally caught fish “for the pot”, whereas in Britain anglers generally return fish to the water. He believes the sign was is in breach of the Equality Act 2010. Writing on his crowdfunding page on Thursday, he called its removal a “big step in the right direction and we are currently attempting written confirmation that they have changed its own policy and that all anglers are welcome on the site, regardless of their race or nationality”. He said his legal team were taking the matter “forward” and said he would “provide a further update early in the New Year”. An EHRC spokeswoman said it had written to the fishery to advise it to take it down. “It’s right to challenge such out-of-date the procedures and any business that believes this is acceptable think it is right again before they find themselves facing legal action, ” she said. Image copyright Rado Papiewski Image caption Rado Papiewski has crowdfunded more than PS10, 000 to pay for legal costs Related Topics Login Username or Email Address Password Remember Me Lost your password?