South Scotland

St Mary's Loch buzzard shooting sparks police appeal

St Mary's Loch
Image caption The body of the dead buzzard was found near St Mary's Loch earlier this month

Police in the Borders have appealed for information after a buzzard was found shot dead near a loch in the region.

The incident happened next to a wooded area close to St Mary's Loch at the start of the month.

A dog walker found the bird on 6 March and it is believed it may have been there for about three days.

Pc Hannah Medley said the bird would have suffered a "cruel, slow and painful death" and appealed for witnesses to come forward.

"We are appealing to anyone who may have been in the area any time from the morning of Sunday, 3 March, who may have seen or heard anything suspicious, to contact police," she said.

"Anyone else who has any information that can assist our enquiries should also get in touch."

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