Suspected hare coursing reported to police

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Police Scotland is investigating three reports of hare coursing in the east Berwickshire area on Tuesday, November 1.

Two 4x4 vehicles (one a blue Subaru), several men and lurcher type dogs were reported near Grantshouse, Ayton and Chirnside.

The hunting of hares using dogs is an offence and causes distress to wildlife and dogs as well as damage to farmland.

It is most likely to occur at weekends and evenings during daylight hours and spring and autumn are the peak seasons, taking place on flat arable farmland and grassland without the consent of the landowner.

Those involved in this activity will usually use lurchers, greyhounds and whippets which hunt by sight and are normally walked across fields on slip leads and are released when any hares run off. It has been known for multiple dogs to chase one hare and money to change hands dependent on which dog kills the hare.

Report any suspicious activity to police by phoning 101 or 999 in an emergency, giving as much detail as possible including vehicles types and registration numbers