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Fife deal a blow to the trade in endangered species

News release by Fife Constabulary

6 August 2010

Fife Constabulary in partnership with officers from the National Wildlife Crime Unit have dealt a major blow to the trade in endangered species following a raid at a Glenrothes home earlier today. Specialist search officers were amongst other staff who attended at the house under warrant and seized a number of items.

Head of Specialist Services for Fife Constabulary, Chief Superintendent Alistair McKeen said:

"A 47 year old man will be the subject of a report to the Procurator Fiscal at Kirkcaldy following this multi agency response to the trade in endangered animals. This significant case, understood to be the first of its kind in Scotland, highlights our commitment to tackling Wildlife Crime in Fife and demonstrates how effective we can be, working with partners such as the National Wildlife Crime Unit, in bringing those who seek to profit from such crimes to justice."

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Opportunity for knowledge sharing

This case involved the trade of endangered species using the internet as a marketing tool. It is thought that this is one of the first of its kind in Scotland and enforcement officers are encouraged to contact Charlie Everitt at the NWCU or Ian Laing at Fife to find out more about the approach taken.