TWO Cumbrian men have been found guilty by a Sheriff of deliberately hunting foxes and badgers on farmland near Langholm.
Ryan Lowe, 30, of Baird Road, Harraby, Carlisle, and 40-year-old Brian Sanderson, of West Lane, Shap, were also found guilty of being in possession of items capable of being used for an offence contrary to the Protection of Badgers Act.
They were found not guilty of approaching a badger sett with the dogs, disturbing entrances and causing a dog to enter the sett.
It followed a three-day trial during which the men had claimed they were only out for a walk with dogs at Effgill at Westerkirk last May.
They will be sentenced next month.
More top news
Peter MacMahon's blog: Official figures show huge decline in North Sea revenue hit Scotland's finances
Officers from Cumbria Police returned home from the force championships in Wales with a stack of trophies after smashing records.
LGBT groups have staged a protest outside a church in Dumfries, where a South African pastor accused of homophobia has been speaking.