This vintage leopard skin coat was handed in to Swindon police station – after it was donated to a charity shop.

Wiltshire Police’s rural crime team, which also deals with wildlife crime, said the coat was believed to have been made since 1947 and was genuine fur.

It means anyone buying, selling or displaying the coat commercially would need special permission under the Control of Trade in Endangered Species Regulations.

The coat will now be used as a teaching tool, police said.