Two arrested after elephant ivory police raid Cheltenham

Elephant tusks
Image caption Two tusks, over two feet in length (0.6m) were recovered in the raid

Two men have been arrested in Cheltenham in connection with the alleged sale and export of elephant ivory.

Officers from Gloucestershire Police acting on international intelligence searched a house in Duke Street.

More than 20 pieces of ivory including two tusks were recovered, police say.

A 57-year-old man and a 21-year-old man, both from Cheltenham, were arrested and then bailed to attend Cheltenham police station on 5 January.

The operation was in conjunction with the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) and the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and was linked with a search warrant carried out in Auckland in New Zealand.

During that raid, 25 items including elephant ivory and turtle shell were seized.

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