Heathrow Villager Newspaper 12 Jan 2019 940 - Page 1



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SATURDAY 12TH January 2019 ISSUE NO. 940
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WILDLIFE CRIMINAL JAILED FOR RARE
BIRD EGGS IMPORTATION ATTEMPT
A man who tried to
smuggle 19 rare and
endangered bird eggs
into the UK strapped to
his body has today, 10
January, been jailed for
three years and one
month.
The smuggling attempt was uncovered by
Border Force officers at
Heathrow Airport on 26
June 2018 when officers
stopped
Jeffrey
Lendrum after he arrived
on a flight from
Johannesburg.
Lendrum, 57 and of
no fixed UK address, was
wearing a heavy jacket
which officers thought
was unusual due to the
very warm weather conditions. When asked
whether he had anything
to declare, Lendrum
stated he had some Fish
Eagle and Kestrel eggs
strapped to his body.
During a full search, he
was found to be wearing
a body belt concealing
19 bird eggs as well as
two newly-hatched
chicks.
Border Force specialist officers identified that
the eggs were protected
under the Convention on
International Trade in
Endangered Species
(CITES), the import
trade for which is controlled by the issue of
permits. Officers ensured that both the eggs
and the live chicks were
kept warm and quickly
transported to the
Heathrow Animal Reception Centre, managed
by the City of London
Corporation. The live
chicks and the eggs were
later moved to a specialist care facility at the International Centre for
Birds of Prey.
Lendrum was arrested and the investigation passed to the National Crime Agency
(NCA). Lendrum stated
during an interview that
his intention was to rescue the eggs after he encountered some men
chopping down trees
containing their nests.
However in court, experts stated that a number of the eggs were from
birds that nest in cliffs.
Their values on the black
market ranged from
£2,000 to £8,000.
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January)
Lendrum, who has previous convictions for
similar CITES offences
in Canada, Brazil and
Africa, pleaded guilty to
attempting to import the
19 bird eggs.
Grant Miller, head of
the national Border
Force CITES team at
Heathrow, said:
“My officers are experts in their field and, in
this case, their vigilance
has stopped a prolific
wildlife criminal in his
tracks. Their intervention also ensured that the
birds and eggs received
the immediate care and
attention that they
needed.
“Wildlife crime is a
global issue and Border
Force officers play a crucial role in preventing
offenders from moving
the products across borders, stripping them of
their illegal profits.
“We will continue to
work closely with enforcement partners such
as the NCA to tackle the
international illegal
wildlife trade which
threatens the survival of
endangered animals and
plants.”
Chris Hill, NCA investigations manager
Heathrow, said:
“This offence was
clearly no accident as
Lendrum had gone to
great lengths to both
source and then attempt
to conceal the birds eggs.
His claims that he was
engaged in an effort to
save them from deforestation did not hold water.
“Wildlife crime is a
cynical business, indulged in by those who
have no qualms about
the environmental damage they cause as long as
there is a profit to be
made. This case sends a
clear message that we
are determined to bring
cases like this before
the courts”
The importation of
endangered species into
the UK is strictly controlled by CITES, which
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IT HAPPENED
ON THIS DAY..
JAN 12
1879: The British-Zulu
war began in South Africa.
1904: The American
automobile engineer
and racing driver Henry
Ford achieved a new
land speed record of
91.37 mph in his
‘999 ’car on frozen Lake
St Clair outside Detroit.
1948: The London Coop opened the first British supermarket in
Manor Park.
1959: Henry Cooper
became British and European heavyweight
boxing champion by
defeating Jack London
on points.
1989: Former Ugandan
leader Idi Amin was
expelled from Zaire and
took refuge in Senegal.
1970: The breakaway
Nigerian state of Biafra
surrendered to Nigerian
Federal troops as starvation gripped the population after a disastrous
three-year war.
1976: Dame Agatha
Christie, the crime of
crime fiction, died at the
age of 85 without revealing the truth about
her missing weekend in
1926, after which she
reappeared
in
a
Harrogate hotel with no
recollection of where
she had been.
1982: Mark Thatcher,
son of prime minister
Margaret Thatcher, was
reported missing in the
Sahara Desert where he
was taking part in the
Paris-Dakar motor rally.
BIRTHDAYS …
specialist officers who
work across the UK and
who are recognised as
world leaders in their
field.
Anyone with information about activity
they suspect may be
linked to smuggling and
trafficking of any kind
should
call
Crimestoppers on 0800
555 111
Of the 19 eggs, 17 were
viable including:
4 x African Fish Eagles
3 x Gyps Vultures
2 x African Hawk
Eagles
8 x African Black
Sparrow Hawks
Jack London, 1876:
American author whose
books include White
Fang and Call of the
Wild.
Hermann Goering,
1893: Commander of
the German air Force
during World war II.
Joe Fazier, 1947:
Holder of the world
heavyweight boxing
title from 1970 to 1975.
Brian Robson, 1957:
Former captain of
Manchester United and
England.
Jamie Vardie, 1987
England and Leicester
City striker who was
born in Sheffield.
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