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Man held in tortoise trade probe

A Cumbrian man has been arrested as part of an investigation into the illegal importation of rare tortoises.

The 35-year-old was detained after police, animal welfare officers and members of the National Wildlife Crime unit (NWCU) raided houses in Carlisle.

He was questioned as part of a joint investigation into illegal importation of animals and money laundering.

A Cumbria Police spokeswoman said the man was bailed to return to Carlisle police station on 30 November.

Many species of tortoises are threatened with extinction and can only be imported and sold under licence.

Those who flout the regulations face up to five years in jail.

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