Highlands & Islands

Missing Hampshire man Jason Gates' dog linked to sheep deaths

Jason Gates Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption Jason Gates was formally reported missing on Thursday

Searches have been made of Loch Ness and the surrounding area for a man reported missing from Hampshire.

The RNLI and coastguard have been searching the loch's Urquhart Bay while police have been looking in and around the nearby village of Drumnadrochit.

Jason Gates, 36, was formally reported missing from Hampshire on Thursday.

It has emerged that his dog was involved in an incident at a farm near Drumnadrochit in which three sheep died.

The attack happened at Allanmore Farm at about 07:30 on Tuesday.

The white and brown spaniel called Max is in the care of Police Scotland.

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Image caption Mr Gates' dog was found earlier this week near Drumnadrochit

Police Scotland said that there was a sighting of Mr Gates in Aviemore in the Highlands on 12 March and believed that he later headed for Drumnadrochit. He was seen in the area of the village on Monday.

Mr Gates is described as being about 6ft 3in tall, of a slim build, with short cropped greying hair and stubble.

It was not known what clothes he is wearing, but police said he was known to often wear black jeans, a t-shirt, a black padded jacket or a tweed jacket.

The RNLI's Loch Ness lifeboat has been searching the loch, while the coastguard helicopter has been involved in checks of forestry in the area.

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Image caption Loch Ness is a feature of the search effort

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