THE SSPCA have again warned Clacks residents to be careful after another bogus van was reportedly seen in the area.

Muckhart Community Council shared a local woman's post on Thursday, February 18, reporting the sighting of a black van with Scottish SPCA branding in the village.

It comes after the Advertiser reported a sighting of a white van in the Tullibody area at the beginning of February.

However, the new black van, also spotted in the Lanarkshire area, bears a greater resemblance to an official van.

Mike Flynn, chief superintendent, said: "We are now asking members of the public in the Clackmannanshire area to be aware of anyone coming to the door as the Scottish SPCA.

"If someone tells you they are from the RSPCA then please report them immediately as they do not operate at all in Scotland.

"Please be vigilant and keep yourselves and your pets safe.

"While we can legally seize an animal from a property we will only do so if the welfare of the animal is seriously compromised, needs vet treatment or the environment is not safe for the animal to be in.

"Only Police Scotland and the local authority have the same powers."

The statement continued: "Our inspectors will always be in uniform and will be able to provide identification badges with a photo and authorisation.

"Our inspectors will also be happy to provide you with vehicle registration.

"If you are at all unsure about someone who comes to your door as the Scottish SPCA then ask them to wait outside and call us immediately.

"Our inspectors will respect your need to do this."

Anyone who can provide more information on these incidents can contact the confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.