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Jun
17

Police lead multi-agency wildlife crime search on game shooting estate in Borders

Statement issued this evening by Lothian & Borders Police:

As part of ongoing efforts to tackle wildlife crime, police in the Scottish Borders led an operation in the Longformacus area on Monday 5 June supported by our partners in the Scottish SPCA, RSPB Scotland and other experts.

Land and property were searched under warrant and a number of items were recovered for further examination.

Enquiries are ongoing and officers would urge anyone with information regarding wildlife crime to contact Police Scotland on 101, always dialling 999 if a crime is ongoing, or report information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Tackling wildlife crime and the impact this has on rural communities remains a priority for Police Scotland. Police Scotland is a member of the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime.

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A large number of vehicles and personnel were seen yesterday close to an estate in Longformacus, which lies on the eastern side of the Lammermuir Hills, an area dominated by driven grouse moors. We don’t know the name of the estate that was searched, nor what ‘items’ were recovered for further examination. We assume, as a warrant had been authorised for the search, that this was more than a speculative visit. We look forward to further updates from the Police once their investigation has progressed.

It’s encouraging to see Police Scotland working in partnership with other expert agencies and to see a press statement issued so quickly. More of this please!

Here are some maps to show the location of Longformacus and satellite imagery showing the position of the Lammermuir grouse moors:

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9 Responses to “Police lead multi-agency wildlife crime search on game shooting estate in Borders”


  1. 1 Mark Lund
    June 7, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Lets hope the paperwork was in order. Did they find anything incriminating, or was the landowner/manager tipped off?

  2. 2 Nigel
    June 7, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Whats the point, nothing will be done whatever the outcome!

  3. June 7, 2017 at 10:55 am

    It’s unlikely that such an operation would have been conducted without foundation. And yes, It’s probably at this point – when it goes quiet for a while, that the “behind the scenes”, “we have no knowledge of this” type declarations are put forward, and influential individuals and bodies comment from the sidelines, before decisions are made whether to proceed, or not.
    We can also comment – these posts carry some weight, and don’t you forget it ! I would suggest you weigh-in with your comments – thoughtfully and constructively.

  4. 4 Merlin
    June 7, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Well done to all involved, let’s hope that if anything illegal is found that their efforts are rewarded by seeing justice prevail in the court room, surely this is not much to ask

  5. 5 Alister J Clunas
    June 7, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Well done Police Scotland.
    This is how wildlife crime should be tackled through intelligence led, proactive policing.

  6. 6 Clair Marshall
    June 7, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Great to see the police engaging in partnership working with the correct agencies. This approach is known to be the most effective way to tackle such a difficult area of crime.

    Those who try to disrupt joint working are being exposed for having selfish agendas.

  7. 7 AnMac
    June 7, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Well done to everyone involved. This is the ‘real’ way to deal with wildlife crime. Hopefully if sufficient evidence of wrongdoing is found the PF will move to prosecution in a ‘petition’ case and not summary jurisdiction. It is time the ‘full’ weight of the law was used.

  8. 8 Macrude.
    June 7, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Lets hope this kind of action makes other, shooting estates take notice and clean up there act, but experience tells me it won’t make any difference. I hope that I am proved wrong.

  9. 9 Peter Shearer
    June 7, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Always willing to say well done to the Police when they get it right. Yes we need to see the outcome, but this is encouraging and must send a warning shot to others.


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