Three people have appeared in court accused of donning masks and sabotaging a fox hunt in one of the first prosecutions of its kind in Scotland.

Colin Milne, 48, Beverly Milne, 39, and Amy Lilburn, 21, are alleged to have followed and filmed people with the intention of disrupting a fox shoot on an estate belonging to one of the country's richest families.

The trio were arrested on Friday last week and appeared from custody at Perth Sheriff Court yesterday. They were unrepresented by lawyers and entered not guilty pleas.

The trio, from Toutie Street, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, are alleged to have behaved in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause a reasonable person fear or alarm at a Perthshire estate on 13 March.

It is alleged that on various roads from Snaigow Estate, including the A923 Blairgowrie to Dunkeld road, they entered the grounds with their faces masked intending to disrupt an organised shoot.

It is alleged they filmed members of the public and repeatedly followed Angus Broad and Edward Broad in a vehicle on various roads in Perthshire.

An alternative charge alleges that the trio carried out the same acts and conducted themselves in a disorderly manner and committed a breach of the peace.

All three face a second charge on the same date of trespassing by entering Snaigow Estate while their faces were masked "and film members of the public with the intention of disrupting a fox shoot there."

Milne, Milne and Lilburn will go on trial in June this year.