Conservationists say they are encouraged by increased red squirrel sightings in Dumfries and Galloway.
The animals have been under threat following outbreaks of squirrel pox and increased competition for food from their grey cousins.
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It is now believed that 45-year-old Robert Cantle may have travelled in his car to the Jedburgh area on Sunday morning.
A Cumbrian man has been jailed for 15 years after a police crime unit seized its biggest ever haul of firearms.
The historic event always takes place on the last Friday in July.