Birds cause a flap at Dover docks
Five geese and four rheas sent Port of Dover police
scanning their reference books.
“Despite our officers’ extensive knowledge in this area, even
they had to consult the reference manuals when a Lithuanian man was
stopped as he attempted the animals, said chief officer Steve
“Officers eventually managed to identify which group of animal
the rhea belonged to and more importantly established that a Health
Certificate was required if they were being exported for breeding
“The birds were returned to their farm in the Home Counties as
an alternative to prosecution.”
Officers have also recovered more stolen vehicles at the
Three men were arrested when a tracker device fitted to a
vehicle activated and indicated it was in the port. The vehicle had
false index plates and while officers were dealing with it they
noticed some unnatural attention from people in a following
Checks were conducted and the second vehicle was also found to
have been stolen from London.
More stories from the port, including a visit by the
Shipping Minister Stephen Hammond, in this week's Dover
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