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The salmon are running. This is good news for fishermen - and for poachers. Andrew Veitch, a former manager with the Tweed Foundation and river bailiff, has just set up Fish First, a consultancy to advise landowners in the Scottish Borders how to deal with poachers. He knows what he is talking about. In his 18 years on the rivers Mr Veitch has had his office set on fire and been threatened with beatings by poaching gangs.

The growing reputation of the Clyde as a salmon river in particular is encouraging irregular methods of fishing. "It seems some members of the local population are gaining a certain notoriety for devising innovative ways to get the salmon out of the water," Mr Veitch said. "Crossbows have been mentioned, but at this stage I don't know what advice I could offer to stop that method of fishing."

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