Millions of pounds are made each year by traffickers who sell trophy animals on the black market. Big cats, hippos teeth and tortoises are among record numbers confiscated by Border Agency officials at Heathrow over the past year.
London Zoo has now been called upon to give some of them a new home and a second chance.
David Wood reports:
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Nearly 50 people were forced from their homes as London Fire Brigade cordoned off the area around Brickfield Cottages, in Plumstead.
The decision on how officers will give evidence to the investigation into the controversial police tactic will be made public today.