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London bar raided for serving whale skin cocktails

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A bar in London has been raided by police for allegedly serving cocktails flavoured with whale skin.

Whale skin is illegal under a Europe-wide ban on whale produce and had supposedly been used in a cocktail at the Nightjar bar in Hoxton, Sky News reports.

The bar had listed "whale skin infusion" in their list of ingredients for their Moby Dick drink on an online menu, with police reportedly tipped off about it in October.

The premises were raided on December 3, but no arrests have been made in relation to the incident.

"One item from the premises was seized," confirmed a police spokesman. "This has been sent for analysis."

Edmund Weil, director at Nightjar, said: "We did have a drink on this year's menu which included a small amount of Scotch whisky infused with a single 2 x 5cm strip of dried whale skin. The strip was purchased in a shop by an employee while on a trip to Japan in autumn 2011.

"Until the police visit, neither ourselves nor our employees were aware of the legislation under which the bottle was seized."

Weil admitted that the bar now realises it was an "error of judgement" to serve the whale skin in the drink.

"We have removed the drink entirely from our menu, which will be reprinted before Monday to reflect this," he added.

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