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17:45  14 august  2019
17:45  14 august  2019 Source:   uk.news.yahoo.com

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A haul of taxidermy animals including a tiger’s head, monkey skulls , reptiles and stuffed birds of prey have been seized by the authorities. They were recovered by officers from the National Crime Agency at a residential address and business premises in Newton Abbot, Devon , on Thursday.

Stuffed animals including a tiger’s head and birds of prey are seized by National Crime Agency officers.

Monkey skulls seized from addresses in Devon following morning raids Monkey skulls were seized from houses in South Devon in a series of raids (Devon and Cornwall Police)

Police in Devon have seized a haul of monkey skulls following a series of morning raids in the county.

A joint operation between the UK National Wildlife Crime Unity and Devon and Cornwall Police Rural Affairs saw the body parts removed from houses on Tuesday morning.

Police say “a number of warrants” were executed as part of an ongoing investigation into the illegal trade in endangered species.

The Control of the Trade in Endangered Species (COTES) warrants turned up the haul of prohibited macaque skulls.

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A tiger's head and a collection of monkey skulls are among the grim spoils seized from a suspected illegal taxidermist. The new haul, which also included reptiles, ivory and stuffed birds of prey, was found this week after National Crime Agency officers raided a house and a business in Newton Abbot

A man is arrested after a haul of exotic animal parts was seized in Devon . Officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) found items including a tiger's head, monkey skulls , reptiles and stuffed birds It follows the seizure by the UK Border Force of a chameleon preserved in formaldehyde at Heathrow.

Monkey skulls seized from addresses in Devon following morning raids © Provided by Oath Inc. The raids were part of an ongoing investigation into the illegal trade in endangered species (Devon and Cornwall Police)

Alan Roberts, of the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit, said: “This sort of crime is getting increasingly prevalent.

“It’s important that we stamp out the market because of the serious impact on the numbers of species in other parts of the world.

“This is not about a few items that are a by-product of other activity.

Monkey skulls seized from addresses in Devon following morning raids © Provided by Oath Inc. The UK National Wildlife Crime Unit said the animals are killed specifically for the trade in body parts Devon and Cornwall Police)

“Animals are killed specifically for this trade.”

No details of the those arrested as part of the investigation have been released.

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A haul of taxidermy animals including a tiger’s head, monkey skulls , reptiles and stuffed birds of prey have been seized by the authorities. They were recovered by officers from the National Crime Agency at a residential address and business premises in Newton Abbot, Devon , on Thursday.

Officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) found items including a tiger's head, monkey skulls , reptiles and stuffed birds of prey during raids in Newton Abbot, Devon . The man, 40, was arrested on suspicion of breaking laws protecting endangered species and bailed until September.

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