Fur coats seized from Lancashire eBay trader’s home

Find: Some of the furs examined by Lancashire police officers following information from an eBay user
Find: Some of the furs examined by Lancashire police officers following information from an eBay user
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This is the haul of fur recovered by officers after they swooped on an eBay trader’s home.

Preston Police’s Wildlife and Rural Crime Officers tweeted the photo and said they had “executed a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species search warrant in the Chorley area with the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit.”

Officers said the warrant was the culmination of an investigation into an eBay user selling items online purporting to be made of wolf, ocelot and otter fur.

The items were recovered from the premises searched and examined by police.

PC Rob Massam, of Preston Police’s Wildlife and Rural Crime Unit, said: “We received some information from an eBay user who had seen someone advertising fur coats and hats described as wolf, otter and ocelot.

“We made enquiries with eBay which led to an address in Chorley.

“We checked to see if they had a permit to trade, which they did not and we seized three items advertised as Russian or Alaskan wolf fur coats.

“The law is that you are allowed to own these items but you are not allowed to trade in tehm as they are endangered species.”

Police said a person has been interviewed and received a formal police caution for a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species offence.

PC Massam said: “We gave advice as to the legislation.

“It may be that there are other items for sale on eBay with other sellers but anything that is advertised as wolf in this country is almost certainly illegal.”

In a Tweet, police added: “As well as enforcement we have now offered advice and support to the person involved to assist in them in running their business lawfully.”

Most of the fur is thought to have been imported from Eastern Europe.