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‘Whale teeth’ seller-accused released under investigation by police

Byoxfordnewspaper

Sep 30, 2022

A man accused of importing sperm whale teeth has been released from the police station.

The 49-year-old was arrested earlier this week, when officers from Thames Valley Police’s rural crime task force and the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit said they seized £18,350-worth of sperm whale teeth from a property in Grove.

The force said it was believed to be the UK’s largest seizure of teeth from that breed of whale. It is illegal to sell whale teeth without a permit.

A spokeswoman for Thames Valley Police confirmed that the arrested man has now been released under investigation.

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This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as Oxfordshire's court and crime reporter.

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