Dead birds of prey seized

A man has been arrested after a number of dead owls were found in a freezer at a house in Essex, along with 25 stuffed birds.

Man arrested after dead birds found in his fridge

Dead owls and stuffed birds were found at a property in Essex Credit: National Crime Agency

A man has been arrested in Essex as part of an investigation into the alleged smuggling of endangered birds of prey. A number of dead owls were found in his freezer in a house, in Stanford-le-Hope. Twenty-five stuffed birds were also seized.

The search was part of a joint investigation involving the NCA’s Border Policing Command, Border Force and the National Wildlife Crime Unit officers.

The man has been released on bail until January 2014.