Police want to talk to man about dead whale at Old Hunstanton beach

Police appeal for help to identify man seen on Norfolk beach on Christmas Eve

Police are appealing for information about a man they want to talk to about whale parts taken from a carcass on Old Hunstanton beach.

Officers are keen to speak to the man in connection with the removal of the teeth, jaw bone and other parts of a dead sperm whale at around noon on Christmas Eve.

The body of the whale became a tourist attraction while it remained on the beach and visitors were eventually warned not to touch it as the carcass was decomposing.

Anyone who recognises the individual in the photo should contact PC Rob Willis at Hunstanton police station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111


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The possible offences relate to the possible sale of ivory under various laws. These include the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES, 1975); the conservation of habitat and species regulation Habitat and Species Regulations 2010: Section 41 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Officers have already spoken to a West Norfolk teenager who created a Facebook page suggesting he had parts of the whale for sale. Police are not taking any further action against him.

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