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William to highlight illegal wildlife trade in key speech

The Duke of Cambridge will begin his US tour by calling on nations to take action over the trade in illegal animal parts in an important speech in Washington today.

The Duke of Cambridge will urge nations today to redouble their efforts to combat the trade in illegal animal parts Credit: Reuters

William will call wildlife crime one of the world's "most insidious forms of corruption" in the address at the World Bank Group's International Corruption Hunters Alliance Conference.

He will make the speech after meeting President Barack Obama and vice president Joe Biden at the White House.

"Our collective goal must be to reduce the wildlife trade by making it harder: denying traffickers access to transportation, putting up barriers to their illegal activities, and holding people accountable for their actions," he will say.

"Those who look the other way, or spend the illicit proceeds of these crimes, must be held to account."

William will be joined by former foreign secretary William Hague, who hosted the Government's London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade in February.



Police probe after officers 'use crowbar to kill deer'

Police have launched an investigation after two officers allegedly used a crowbar to kill a deer that had been injured by a car.

Firearms officers from Durham Constabulary had been sent to put the animal down apparently used the crowbar instead of their guns.

Officers allegedly did not kill the deer in a 'humane manner'. Credit: Suzy Harrison/Press Association Images

The force confirmed the pair were being investigated as the animal was "apparently not destroyed in the approved humane manner".

A spokesman said the two officers had been moved to other duties "while the facts are being established" and are "not involved in a firearms capacity".

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