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Farmer fined for shooting buzzard

The farmer was fined for shooting a buzzard. Credit: Boris Roessler/DPA/Press Association Images

A Peebleshire farmer has been fined after shooting a buzzard.

Michael Harrison, 70, of West Linton, was fined £600 at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, following an investigation by the Scottish SPCA.

Harrison pled guilty to recklessly or intentionally killing the buzzard by shooting it with a shotgun on 27 November 2014.

The buzzard, a one year old female in good health, had suffered a broken wing and leg.

Sadly, the bird was so badly injured the kindest and only humane option was to put her to sleep.

Harrison was 40 yards from the buzzard when he shot her and did not have a clear view.

He advised he believed he was shooting a crow and his heart sank when he realised it was a buzzard.

This was a tragic case which resulted in the needless death of a bird of prey."

– Undercover Scottish SPCA inspector

Test results 'can't be compared with previous years'

Test results received by pupils in Dumfries and Galloway shouldn't be compared to last year's, because of changes to the system, according to the Chairman of the Council's Education Committee.

Councillor Jeff Leaver says the S4 results shouldn't be compared to previous years, but that in other categories schools and colleges in the region have improved:

Given the significant changes made to the exam system by the Scottish Government, this year’s S4 results can’t be compared with previous years as new exams and structures apply and these results will, therefore, need more time to assess.

However, in those areas which are directly comparable with previous years there has again been a very positive rise in attainment. For S5/S6 Highers and Advanced Highers there is an improvement in 6 out of 7 measures. So, I’d like to say well done to our pupils and thank you to our staff.”

– Councillor Jeff Leaver


Curling foundation launched in memory of David Murdoch's father

David Murdoch in Great Britain's Olympic Gold medal match against Canada. Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

Today former World Champion and Olympic silver medallist David Murdoch is launching a Youth Curling Foundation in memory of his late father Matt.

The curler, from Lockerbie, says it's aimed at helping and encouraging more young people to get involved with the sport his family is so passionate about.

Watch: SQA advice for Scottish pupils on results day

The Scottish Qualifications Authority has made a video to help pupils who have questions about their exam results, and what to do next.

You can watch it here.

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