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Monkey World goes bananas after lorry raid

Daily Echo

PRIMATES at a Dorset rescue centre received an unexpected early Christmas present after monkey business of a different kind at Poole port. Customs officers were left with more than 500 boxes of bananas after raiding an articulated lorry. The fruit was hiding 2.7 million cigarettes allegedly being smuggled into the port in the early hours of Saturday, December 1. Procedures dictate that the entire load is seized as part of the investigation. But instead of destroying the goods - the usual practice with items seized by customs officers - they bananas were saved and donated to Monkey World in Wool. "We're delighted to have been able to put the bananas to such a good use and to be able to give the primates at Monkey World an early Christmas present" said Sheila Good, spokesperson for HM Revenue and Customs. advertisement And Monkey World's communications manager Lou Matthews added: "The primates say a big thank you for the bananas - donations such as this are always welcomed." A spokesman for customs said the driver, an Irishman, has been bailed to appear at Southampton police station on March 3 next year. He added: "Customs take a very serious view of cigarette and tobacco smuggling. It is not a harmless tax fiddle. "This type of activity harms honest businesses and costs the UK billions of pounds in lost revenue that ends up lining the pockets of criminals instead of funding vital public services."

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