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Smuggling under the spotlight at the Wensleydale Show

[Friday 25 August 2006]

VISITORS to the popular Wensleydale Show - held tomorrow (Saturday 26) near Leyburn - may be expecting to see just the traditional breeds of Yorkshire Dales sheep and cattle; but one stand in particular will be exhibiting something rather more exotic in an attempt to highlight the impact of smuggling.

Polar bear and zebra skins, a dwarf crocodile handbag, carved ivory and examples of smuggling devices used to bring drugs and counterfeit cigarettes into the UK will be on show at the Revenue & Customs service (HMRC) exhibition stand.

We hope visitors to the show will find it interesting to learn more about our work and our success in fighting organised crime

Gail Jacobs - HM Revenue & Customs

Visitors to this year's show will have the opportunity to see a wide range of smuggled items seized by Customs in their fight against crime and the illegal trade in animals.

They will also have the chance to quiz officers on duty free allowances and the sort of things they should avoid bringing home from holiday as souvenirs.

Gail Jacobs, Exhibitions Officer for HMRC, said: "We hope visitors to the show will find it interesting to learn more about our work and our success in fighting organised crime such as drug, alcohol and cigarette smuggling, illegal importations, money laundering and tax fraud. In addition, friendly help and advice will be available on a whole range of issues."

She added: "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."

More traditional events for the show include displays of sheep, cattle and heavy horses. Leyburn Brass Band will be entertaining the crowds, as will Richmond Pipe and Drums.

The show takes place at The Showground near Leyburn, North Yorkshire, and is open from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm.

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