Arrests after alleged hare coursing

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Police have arrested and charged three men for hare coursing crimes in the Lothians and Scottish Borders.

A 35-year-old from Edinburgh, appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Thursday, March 10 in connection with five hare coursing offences committed between October 21, 2015 and February 3, 2016.

Two of these offences took place in the North Berwick area, and one in the East Fortune area of East Lothian.

A further offence took place in the Pathhead area of Midlothian, and another in the Duns area of the Scottish Borders.

Two men, aged 31 from Airdrie, and aged 47 from Musselburgh, have also been charged and reported to the Procurator Fiscal under the Wildlife & Countryside Act (1981) in connection with the offences in Pathhead and Duns.

Officers are currently following positive lines of enquiry in the Falkirk and West Calder areas regarding further hare coursing incidents that took place in Pathhead and Gifford on November 11 and 23, 2015.

Anyone with information about hare coursing can contact Police Scotland on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.