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Customs' monkey business

The Sun

CUSTOMS officers who seized 2.7million cigarettes have given the bananas they were hidden with to a monkey charity as an early Christmas present. The cigarettes were discovered at Poole Ferryport in Dorset last Saturday, along with several hundred boxes of bananas the contraband had been hidden behind. The fruit has now been given to local Dorset charity Monkey World where they will be used as food for their animals HM Revenue & Customs Spokesman Bob Gaiger said: "The disposal of over 500 boxes of bananas could have been a bit of a headache but we're delighted to have found a way of putting the bananas to such a good use by giving them the primates at Monkey World as an early Christmas present." Monkey World's Communications Manager Lou Matthews said: "We are extremely grateful to HM Revenue & Customs for this donation and the primates say a big thank you for the bananas. Donations such as this are always welcomed." The cigarettes, which were avoiding £472,000 of duty, were found in a refrigerated articulated lorry arriving at Poole Ferry port from Cherbourg. The Irish driver of the lorry was arrested and has been given police bail until March 3 2008.

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