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First breach of hunt law

TWO TEENAGERS have been charged with committing the first breach of the Scottish law banning foxhunting.

Police questioned the 19-year-olds from Hawick, in the Borders, after they were arrested on farmland near the town two weeks ago. They face one charge under the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act, which makes it an offence to hunt foxes with dogs, and a second charge under the Protection of Badgers Act.

A police source said they are alleged to have killed foxes and badgers by putting dogs into dens and setts, but were not on horseback and had no connection with hunts that operated in the area.

A report has been sent to the procurator fiscal, who will decide whether to proceed with a prosecution.