North-east residents urged to call police if they hear gunshots

Residents are being urged to report gunshots.

Residents are being encouraged to call police if they hear guns after a report of shots being fired in the North-east.

A member of the public attended a recent meeting of North Kincardine Rural Community Council and expressed concern about several incidents in which shooting had taken place within the Blairs Estate.

Meeting officials looked in to the matter and found out the shooting was taking place with the permission of the landowner – but that it was also possible poachers could be operating the area.

Those shooting with permission had taken proper precautions, but residents are being urged to let police know of any gunshots.

According to a report from the meeting “residents raised concerns over firearms incidents within the Blairs Estate, where people have been actively shooting and no warning signs have been erected to advise dog walkers, joggers and the general public”.

It added: “The factor on the Blairs Estate was approached and confirmed syndicates have the permission required. It is thought to be the syndicates responsibility to erect signs – although there are no laws about putting up signs, but it would be good safety practice – to make the public aware of their actions.”

The report added: “A special licence is required if torches are being used for night-time shoots.

“Although this has been reported, we can’t assume it’s syndicates as it may be poachers.

“This is a police matter.”

Following the meeting, Kincardine and Mearns Inspector Sheila McDerment contacted Police Scotland’s specialist wildlife officer Pc Doug Darling for assistance.

The report added: “In the interest of public awareness and safety, the community council will raise their concerns with Police Scotland and warn members of the public via Facebook and its website to be aware.”