Surrey man arrested during illegal ivory investigation

A man has been arrested in Surrey on suspicion of being involved in the illegal export of ivory.

The 61-year-old was held after a raid on a property in the College Hill area of Haslemere on Sunday.

Officers from the UK Border Agency's Criminal and Financial Investigation team seized a number of items, including tusks and carvings.

They also seized a computer, a camera and several thousand pounds in cash. The man has been bailed until April.

Assistant director Peter Avery, from the UK Border Agency, said the investigation was triggered by allegations that ivory was being sold on the internet.

He said: "The illicit trade in animal products like ivory is a serious contributory factor in the threat of extinction faced by many endangered species, and that is why the rules around moving them are so strict."

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