The proposed ban on cotton buds in England has seen a steep increase in dirty eared people moving to Scotland and Wales.
Ear cleaning stations have been set up in border towns to help English people gain emergency access to cotton buds.
Peter Thape runs a hamster jousting business, where pedigree hamsters face one another armed only with a cotton bud; he may also be forced to leave the country.
‘Banning cotton buds could easily force the sport underground,’ said Thape.
‘Connected people will always be able to get hold of cotton buds; money talks,’ added Thape.