Warning over illegal Fir Cup hare coursing competition
The event is expected to be held somewhere in the Borders or East Lothian.
Police have issued a warning about an illegal hare coursing competition which may be held in Scotland this weekend.
The Fir Cup is expected to be take place somewhere in the Borders or East Lothian, but the exact location will not be revealed until the day of the event.
Police believe participants are communicating secretly using WhatsApp, an encrypted messenger service.
The Fir Cup reportedly has a £6000 prize pot and more than ten vehicles are expected to be present.
Police Scotland wildlife crime officer Andy Loughlin said: "Anyone taking part in this illegal hare coursing competition runs the risk of prosecution, along with having their dogs and vehicles seized.
"We will be working closely with our partners and the local communities to ensure any person involved in this barbaric act is dealt with robustly."
Illegal dog hunting in Scotland hit a five-year high last year, according to the latest figures, with 14 incidents of hare coursing reported.
The problem is worst in the north east of the country, where at least 20 unlawful hunts of various kinds occurred.