British Barbel Angling Champs cancelled

Plans to host the first British Barbel Angling Championships lie in tatters after officials revealed that this year’s event has been cancelled.

An ambitious blueprint to host the single species tournament on a number of the country’s most popular rivers had been widely welcomed by anglers but officials have now abandoned the competition, sighting ‘unforeseen circumstances’ as their reason.

A statement released by the organisers said: “Due to personal issues that have arisen we're unable to facilitate this event.  We hope we can run this event and make it a great success in the future but at this point we’re unable to commit to something of this magnitude.”