Lockerbie fined after shooting 20 pheasants over two days

A man has been fined after shooting 20 pheasants over two days.

Mark Hodgson, 34, turned an air rifle on the birds because he was upset at the damage he thought they were causing to crops.

At Dumfries Sheriff Court, Hodgson, of Boreland, near Lockerbie, admitted shooting the pheasants at Balgray Estate, which neighboured his parents' farm, in September 2013.

He was fined £180 and ordered to pay £400 compensation.

Hodgson was caught when a CCTV camera was put up after the first of the dead birds were found.

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