SCOTTISH Borders Police are appealing for witnesses following incidents of suspected animal poaching in Hawick.

A member of the public reported finding vehicle tracks on land within the Easter Fodderlie estate at around Sunday April 28 at 8.30am.

Two deer carcasses and two badger carcasses were then found by police officers at the scene and are now under forensic examination with enquiries ongoing.

Wildlife Crime Co-ordinator, Constable Steven Irvine, is urging members of the public to come forward with any information: "We are awaiting the findings of the forensic analysis, but believe at this time that the deer and badgers have been illegally poached and we are treating this matter very seriously.

"If you have any information that can help us find those responsible and bring them to justice, then please contact police immediately."

Those with information can contact Hawick Police Station via 101 and quote incident number 1186 of the 28th April. Alternatively, an anonymous report can be made to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.