Drugs-smuggling sheep on show at Southampton

And goods made from dwarf crocodiles

A dwarf crocodile skin handbag from West Africa will be one of the more unusual exhibits at the Southampton Boat Show next month.

HM Revenue & Customs will be showing the item, along with others seized as they were illegally imported into the country.

An Indonesian rain stick, examples of carved ivory and a toy sheep that contains a hiding place for drugs are among the others lined up for the show.

The show takes place at Mayflower Park from Friday 14 to Sunday 23 September. HMRC officers will be on stand B003.

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Liz Challand, Exhibitions Manager for HMRC, said: “We hope visitors to the show will find it interesting to learn more about our work in protecting endangered species and our success in fighting organised crime such as drug, alcohol and cigarette smuggling, illegal imports, money laundering and tax fraud.”

“We will also be promoting our confidential hotline, which has been overwhelmingly successful – receiving numerous calls from the public in the last year. It has helped us improve our intelligence base and promotes a good working partnership with local people and communities in the fight against crime.”

Staff will also be available to answer questions on VAT, self-assessment and smuggling, as well as other aspects of the work of HMRC.