ILLEGAL fishing nets and lines, which can endanger dogs as well as fish, have been spotted near rivers in East Lothian.

The nets are used to take large quantities of salmon and sea trout, which can have a substantial impact on the fish populations in the rivers, and impact other wildlife, such as birds and otters.

Set lines can endanger fish and wildlife and also dogs, as they are hidden along the banks of the river or submerged below the surface.

Representatives from East Lothian Partnership Against Rural Crime (ELPARC) and the Forth District Salmon Fishery Board (FDSFB) have urged people to keep an eye out for the illegal devices.

One net was found next to the River Tyne, Knowes Weir, near East Linton, and the second near the Biel Water, in West Barns.

Both nets were removed by bailiffs and destroyed while set lines were recovered from the River Esk, in Musselburgh.

Anyone with information should contact the FDSFB superintendent bailiff on 07887 835549 or Police Scotland on 101.

It is important that you do not touch the net or set line until you have spoken with the Police or a FDSFB water bailiff.