Police Scotland can confirm that five men - aged 28, 30, 33 and 49 - have been charged in connection with alleged hare-coursing offences in Aberdeenshire.
They were arrested on Sunday evening (September 10, 2017) in the Corse area of Huntly after officers received information from members of the public about ongoing suspicious activity.
A 26-year-old has also been charged in connection with various road traffic offences, while four dogs were seized.
A report has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal and they will appear in court at a later date.
Local Sergeant Garry Garrow said: "Thank you to those members of the public who provided information in connection with this inquiry - your assistance was vital."
He added: "I would continue to urge anyone with concerns about hare-coursing, or any related criminal behaviour, to please contact Police as soon as possible. In particular if you are a farmer or a landowner and you would like to report any suspicious activity or people on your land - particularly suspicious people with dogs - contact us on 101. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 in confidence.
"Hare coursing has been banned for good reason and causes significant suffering to animals in the guise of sport. Behaviour of such a cruel nature is not acceptable and I can provide every assurance we will fully investigate all reports received. We have the power to arrest and charge offenders and seize vehicles and dogs involved in hare-coursing and would ask for support and information from local communities to help us utilise these powers."
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Police Scotland's North East Division covers rural and urban areas in Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City. The division has five territorial command areas which have their own dedicated Area Commander, who is responsible for the daily policing function. Each command area is served by a number of community policing teams whose activities are built around the needs of the local community. These teams respond to local calls and look for long term solutions to key issues. They are assisted by the division's Crime Reduction Unit who deliver against Force and local priorities in a number of areas, including physical and social crime prevention, supporting and enhancing community engagement and creating and sustaining strong and effective partnership working.