South Scotland

Tests show Peebles 'badger' carcasses were roe deer

Roe deer
Image caption Tests have now confirmed the carcasses belonged to roe deer

The remains of six skinned animal carcasses found dumped by a roadside in the Scottish Borders have been confirmed to be from roe deer.

Initially it was thought they were badgers but tests at the Scottish Agricultural College in Edinburgh have shown that was not the case.

The carcasses were found on the banking of a road leading to Bonnington Farm near Peebles on Friday afternoon.

Poachers are suspected to be responsible for the deaths.

Police Scotland's Wildlife Crime Unit has launched an investigation to establish the full circumstances behind the discovery.

Ch Insp Andrew Clark said: "Police Scotland is committed to the full and thorough inquiry into instances of this nature.

"Being a rural policing area, we are aware of the significance of such finds and will continue to robustly investigate wildlife crime in the Scottish Borders."

Det Insp Raymond Brown, who is leading the investigation, added: "An inquiry continues to ascertain the full circumstances surrounding the discovery and to confirm if any criminality is involved."

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