Farms turned to killing fields as gangsters hunt red deer

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Farms around Milngavie and Bearsden are being turned into killing fields where criminal gangs slaughter red deer for the black market.

Organised crime clans are roaming farmland around Drymen, Killearn and Gartmore, gunning down the animals with high powered rifles.

They tour the area in Land Rovers, targetting red deer with spotlights before shooting.

Freezer vans then pick up the carcasses which are worth thousands on the black market.

A farmer, who asked not to be named, revealed the extent of the deadly trade.

He said: “This is big business, really serious stuff. There are well armed gangs coming up, often from the north of England, to hunt red deer. It’s well co-ordinated - they’re not after a bit of sport.

“Venison is a lucrative meat and can fetch big money.

“There’s little farmers can do about it as these are major players.”

Last week we lifted the lid on gangs of sick hunters who rip small urban roe deer apart with dogs as part of a cruel ‘sport’.

Grim finds of hacked up carcasses have been made at South Mains Farm, Milngavie, close to Craigdhu Primary School.

Another dismembered deer was discovered on Tuesday at an electricity sub-station near the farm, close to Chesnut Lane. It’s thought that the animal had been killed a few days previously, proving that the gang is still on the prowl.

Police Scotland said: “We take these crimes very seriously and ask the public to call 101 if they have information.”