Four men charged over alleged hare-coursing at Kelso and Duns

Four men have been arrested and charged in connection with alleged wildlife crimes in the Borders and elsewhere.

Kelso is among the locations hare-coursing was reported at.
Kelso is among the locations hare-coursing was reported at.

Their arrests follow reports of possible hare-coursing near Kelso and Duns – and also at Haddington and Gifford in East Lothian, as well as Stirling and nearby Kippen – between Sunday, March 1, and Wednesday, April 29.

The men – aged 28, 29, 44 and 51 – were apprehended by police in Kippen’s Station Road.

They were in a Subaru Forester with six dogs in at the time.

A report is to be submitted to the procurator fiscal.

Detective chief inspector Bryan Burns, of the criminal investigation department at Dalkeith police station in Midlothian, said: “This is a great example of our commitment to tackling wildlife crime.

“Police Scotland, in partnership with other agencies, takes wildlife crime seriously, and I would encourage members of the public to call 101 to report any incidents where wildlife crime is suspected.”