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Poachers imperil Scotland's freshwater pearls

JEWELLERS ARE being urged to register their stocks of freshwater pearls in an attempt to stamp out a thriving black market that threatens to wipe out one of Scotland's most important natural species.

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Racing: Dods keeps up double roll

Michael Dods's rich vein of form continued at Beverley yesterday when the Darlington-based trainer saddled his third double in four days. He had been on the mark with a brace at Ayr on Saturday and repeated the feat at Musselburgh on Monday before Three Pennies and Rotuma added to his tally on the Westwood.

Mussel bound

Freshwater mussels are the cornerstone of river ecology. But some, such as the aptly named depressed mussel, are under threat. Simon Hadlington reports on work to boost their numbers, and a potential spin-off for water companies

Punters left at a loss as bookies go on strike

Turf war between bookmakers and British Horseracing Board leaves gamblers frustrated - apart from one who got away

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