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Two men have been jailed for 28 months each after they sold ivory carved fans to China and the USA.

Guy Buckle, 62, and Sik-Hung Or, 73, both from Champion Hill, Camberwell, pleaded guilty to three counts of illegal export of ivory goods after two parcels destined for China were seized by UK Border Force at Heathrow, each parcel contained a carved ivory fan.

Buckle and Or made more than £145,000 from 136 carved fans sold to buyers in China, Hong Kong and the USA without the required re-export permit between January 2014 and November 2017 .

The Wildlife Crime Unit searched Buckle and Or’s home address and found 291 carved ivory fans, all from protected or endangered species, and four pieces of unworked elephant ivory.

Detective constable Sarah Bailey who led the investigation said: “There are legal requirements in relation to the sale of specimens derived from protected and endangered species and these requirements had not been met in this case.

“I hope today’s sentencing highlights that this type of activity is illegal and acts as a deterrent to those involved in the illegal sale and export of such items.”