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Police probe after Skye dinosaur footprints are damaged

Dinosaur footprint on Skye Image copyright John Allan
Image caption There are a number of dinosaur footprints visible at Staffin

Police have launched an investigation after plaster was poured into two dinosaur footprints on a Skye beach.

Officers believe a man driving a campervan may be responsible for damaging the prints at Staffin on Wednesday.

Palaeontologists estimate the prints at An Corran date back 165 million years.

In a series of tweets, local police officers appealed for help from people who were in the area.

Lochaber and Skye police said: "Unfortunately we can confirm we are investigating reported damage to the dinosaur footprints at Staffin yesterday. Were you in the area?

"It would appear a male driving a campervan was possibly responsible for pouring plaster into two of the prints. Any info please call 101."

The prints at Staffin are believed to have been left by a family Ornithopods, herbivorous creatures which walked on two legs.

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