Goldfish banned as prizes from 770-year-old annual fair after man swallowed live fish


GOLDFISH have been scrapped as prizes at a 770-year-old annual fair after a man was filmed swallowing one of them.

The 14-second Snapchat clip of Joshua Coles, 27, led to him being prosecuted by the RSPCA.

Goldfish has been banned from Bridgwater Fair after Joshua Coles swallowed one alive
He washed it down with a lager

It was revealed the fish, downed with a pint, was won at last September’s four-day Bridgwater Fair in Somerset, which dates back to 1249.

Multiple complaints were made to Sedgemoor district council.

And the fair organisers, the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain, said: “Due to the incident, we agreed to suspend giving live animals as prizes.”

The RSPCA welcomed the ban, saying that goldfish offered as prizes “suffer miserably” and are “easily stressed”.

Coles, from Tiverton, Devon, was fined £385 at Exeter magistrates’ court and banned from keeping fish for five years.

He then opened his mouth to show his friends he had gulped down the goldfish
Coles has been fined £385 and is banned from keeping fish for five years


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