South Scotland

Police appeal over Heriot buzzard shooting

Police are seeking information over a buzzard which was found dead after being struck by a shotgun pellet.

The bird was discovered close to Carcant Hill in the Heriot area of the Borders on 30 June.

The buzzard, which was in a badly decomposed state, was sent for forensic analysis, where it was confirmed that it had been shot with a shotgun pellet.

However, tests have been unable to confirm if this injury caused the buzzard's death.

Pc Hannah Medley, wildlife crime liaison officer for Police Scotland, said: "This buzzard has been deliberately shot at some point, which is a crime.

"What we cannot establish at this time is where the bird was shot, or whether the injury caused its death and so anyone with information relevant to this investigation is asked to contact police immediately."

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