Man charged after ivory worth thousands found in Battersea police raid
A man is due to appear at court later this month charged with 12 counts of trading in ivory.
Alick Edward Brown, 30, from Worfield Street, Battersea, appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates Court yesterday after £20,000-£30,000 worth of illegal ivory was found at his property following a police raid in September last year.
A number of ivory figurines were discovered as well as a number of other specimens including elephant, whale teeth, whale vertebrae, turtle bones and hippopotamus bones.
Mr Brown was charged with 11 counts of keeping for sale of a specimen of an endangered species and one count of keeping for sale an unlawfully acquired specimen of imported species.
Mr Brown appeared only to confirm his name and is yet to enter a plea.
He was released on unconditional bail until a preliminary hearing at Kingston Crown Court on October 17.
Elephant ivory is the most common source, but ivory from many species including the hippopotamus, walrus, pig, whale, porpoise and turtle is sold on the black market.
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