South Scotland

Six skinned badger carcasses found near Peebles

An investigation has been launched after six skinned badger carcasses were dumped beside a road in the Scottish Borders.

A member of the public made the discovery while out walking in Bonnington Road, near Peebles, on Friday afternoon.

They were found on the east banking of the road which leads to Bonnington Farm at about 14:00.

All of the badgers had been skinned of their pelts.

The Wildlife Crime Unit of Police Scotland is attempting to find whoever is responsible.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "The remains of these animals will be forensically examined to try and determine how they died.

"We would urge anyone with information relevant to this enquiry to come forward.

"While we cannot confirm where the badgers died, at this time we would urge anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity in the Bonnington Road area or around Bonnington Farm to contact police immediately."