Match angler gets thrown into canal!

An angler was sworn at and kicked into the water by a cyclist as he fished a match on a popular northern canal last week.

Derek Bowers became the latest victim of ‘tensions on the towpath’ between bike users and fishermen following the altercation on West Yorkshire’s Calder and Hebble canal.

The 64-year-old joiner from Rochdale says he was verbally abused and physically assaulted during a competition between Brighouse and Elland.

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