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Tiger, leopard, snow leopard fur coats found in UK raid

Fur coats thought to be made from some of the world’s most endangered big cat species have been seized during a raid.

Tiger, leopard and snow leopard skins are thought to have been used to make the eight coats found at a fur dealer’s in Camden, north London.

Met officers from the Wildlife Crime Unit carried out the search under Operation Charm which targets the illegal trade in endangered species.

A man has been questioned and released on bail in connection with the find.

Det Con David Flint said: “Products made from the world’s most endangered species continue to be sold in London and it is this which drives the illegal international trade threatening the survival of these animals.”

More than 30,000 items made from endangered species have been seized since Operation Charm began in 1995.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/6112688.stm