A crackdown on poaching by professional gangs has been launched on one of Scotland’s premier salmon rivers.

Several agencies are joining forces to stamp out illegal activity on the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders.

Lothian and Borders Police, Scottish Borders Council, Crimestoppers and the River Tweed Commission want to protect the 97-mile long river.

Nick Yonge of the River Tweed Commission said its water bailiff team would be working closely with police.

He said salmon poaching was a criminal act which seriously damaged breeding stocks of fish.

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