Police in Devon have seized a haul of monkey skulls following a series of morning raids in the county.
A joint operation between the UK National Wildlife Crime Unity and Devon and Cornwall Police Rural Affairs saw the body parts removed from houses on Tuesday morning.
Police say “a number of warrants” were executed as part of an ongoing investigation into the illegal trade in endangered species.
The Control of the Trade in Endangered Species (COTES) warrants turned up the haul of prohibited macaque skulls.
Alan Roberts, of the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit, said: “This sort of crime is getting increasingly prevalent.
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“It’s important that we stamp out the market because of the serious impact on the numbers of species in other parts of the world.
“This is not about a few items that are a by-product of other activity.
“Animals are killed specifically for this trade.”
No details of the those arrested as part of the investigation have been released.