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'Mafia croc' seized by Italy police

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Italy's anti-Mafia police have seized a crocodile believed to be used by a Naples mob boss to intimidate local businessmen from whom he demanded protection money.

The reptile was 1.7m (5.5ft) long and weighed 40kg (88lb). It was found during a weapons search at the man's home in the southern town of Caserta.

Emma North reports.

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