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11 January 2019, 17:24
A prolific bird egg smuggler has been jailed for three years after he was caught trying to bring protected eggs into the UK.
Jeffrey Lendrum, 56 of Cliftonville Road, pleaded guilty to four offences on the second day of his trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court on January 8.
Mr Lendrum had been caught with the eggs strapped to his body by a sling hidden underneath a heavy coat at Heathrow airport on 26 June 2018.
The prosecution was able to prove that Lendrum knowingly smuggled the eggs in to the country for commercial gain by trying to evade customs.
Remi Ogunfowora, of the CPS, said:
"We worked with our partners in the National Crime Agency to ensure this prolific bird egg smuggler faced appropriate charges.
We hope the sentence passed deters others from becoming involved in the damaging trade around rare and endangered wildlife.”