£14K LUXURY BAG DESTROYED OVER MISSING IMPORT PERMIT
An alligator-skin handbag worth A $ 26,000 (£14,000; $19,000) is destroyed after a woman imported it into Australia without a permit.
From a Saint Laurent boutique in France, the luxury bag was seized by the Australian Border Force in Perth.
Alligator-skin products are allowed to be imported into Australia, but shoppers must obtain a A$70 permit.
Australia’s environment minister called it a “costly reminder” to apply for the correct paperwork.
While the woman is out of pocket A$26,313, the Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment said it decided to take no further action.
The maximum penalty for wildlife trade offenses in Australia is ten years in prison and a A$222,000 fine.