Borders businessman denies animal parts charges

Selkirk Sheriff Court.
Selkirk Sheriff Court.

A Borders businessman is set to go on trial next month on charges of offering to sell or buy parts of endangered animals over the internet.

Richard Wales is accused of offering for sale a tiger’s head, another tiger’s skull, tiger claws, an Asian black bear’s skin and a leopard claw.

The 48-year-old is also charged with trying to buy ivory and an Asian black bear’s skin on eBay.

Wales, said to be a conservation consultant, denies 10 alleged breaches of control of trade in endangered species regulations at his home in Tweedside Road, Newtown, in 2014 and 2015.

A trial date has been set for Selkirk Sheriff Court on Thursday, April 19.