POLICE are appealing for help after five sheep were killed and others left with injuries in a field near Eddleston.

Officers believe a dog attacked the flock at Winkinston Farm between Sunday afternoon and lunchtime on Monday.

Sergeant David Rourke said: "Instances of sheep worrying are never acceptable.

"They cause farmers personal heartache, and often substantial and ongoing financial loss and often lead to the death of animals as in this case.

"Anyone exercising their dogs in rural areas should make sure they keep their pets under close control and on a lead if walking near livestock to prevent incident like this from occurring.

"In any instance of detected sheep worrying, dog owners are liable to prosecution for failing to keep their dogs under control."

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting incident 1349 of November 18, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.