Gamekeeper sentenced following animal deaths

Wilson pleaded guilty to nine offences, including possession of illegal pesticides. Credit: ITV Border

The Scottish SPCA have described the killing of protected animals at an estate in the Scottish Borders as "truly shocking".

Gamekeeper Alan Wilson, 61, today pleaded guilty to nine offences which took place at the Longformacus Estate close to Duns.

Police inquiries began two years ago when a member of the public found a dead goshawk. Subsequent searches lead to the recovery of bodies of other animals, including various birds of prey, three badgers and an otter.

Detective Constable Andy Loughlin who lead the police inquiry said:

Wilson, who also pleaded guilty to possession of the illegal pesticide Carbofuran, was sentenced to a 225 hours Community Payback Order at Jedburgh Sheriff Court.

Wilson was gamekeeper at the Longformacus Estate close to Duns. Credit: ITV Border

The police urge people to report any suspicions of this type of criminal activity to them via 101.