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Deer poaching 'difficult to detect'

As Police Scotland investigate the discovery of 6 dead roe deer in the Scottish Borders, the Scottish SPCA say poaching crimes are difficult to detect.

An enquiry is underway to confirm if any criminality is involved in the discovery.

"Deer poaching and deer coursing are national wildlife crime priorities. Any information we receive from the public on these matters is shared with the police National Wildlife Crime Unit.

"They are incredibly difficult crimes to detect, but we are always encouraging people to contact ourselves and the police with as much information as possible on any activity they have either witnessed or suspect.

"Information such as a car registration plate can be very useful, but more often than not the perpetrators are long gone and the only evidence remaining is the injured or dead animal.

"Anyone with information on deer poaching should contact the police or our Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999."

– Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn


Roe deer remains found in Scottish Borders

Police are investigating after the remains of six roe deer were discovered on a roadside in the Scottish Borders.

It was initially thought the remains found on Bonnington Road, Peebles, were badger carcasses, but following an examination by experts the remains were confirmed to be from roe deer.

Police Scotland are appealing for anyone with information to come forward immediately.

Chief Inspector Andrew Clark, Local Area Commander for the Scottish Borders commented

"Police Scotland is committed to the full and thorough enquiry into instances of this nature.

"Being a rural policing area, we are aware of the significance of such finds and will continue to robustly investigate wildlife crime in the Scottish Borders"

Detective Inspector Raymond Brown, who is leading the investigation, states:

"Following a report from a local farmer, officers forensically recovered animal remains from a scene near to Bonnington Farm, Peebles on Friday 3rd January.

"An enquiry continues to ascertain the full circumstances surrounding the discovery and to confirm if any criminality is involved."