Woman fined for selling bone cures

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A Vietnamese woman was fined pounds 2,000 yesterday for selling herbal remedies made from the powdered bones of endangered species from a shop in Portsmouth, Hampshire.

In the first prosecution of its kind in Britain, Bang Hue Thi, 32, admitted stocking laryngitis pills containing rhino horn and sticky plasters made up of tiger and leopard bones. She bought the items in Hong Kong for about pounds 500, intending to sell them to the Chinese community in the Portsmouth area for a total profit of pounds 200, the city's magistrates were told.

She was arrested after police raided her shop - Sun Hung Chang - and found 12 boxes of the laryngitis pills and more than 400 packets of sticky plasters.

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