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Sheffield woman arrested after tiger remains found at house

Tiger claws and teeth have been found at a house in Sheffield by officers investigating the illegal trade of "tiger derivatives" on the internet.

A 28-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of breaking laws prohibiting the sale and export of endangered species.

Wildlife officers made the discovery during a search of the house on Gleadless Road on Monday, South Yorkshire Police said.

The woman has been released on bail.

'International importance'

Andy McWilliam of the National Wildlife Crime Unit said: "The trade in endangered species such as tiger is strictly controlled across the globe.

"There is no doubt that there is a market for such products and some people are prepared to feed the demand."

Ch Supt David Hartley of South Yorkshire Police said the investigation had "seen national specialists and local wildlife crime officers coming together to tackle crimes of international importance".

The 28-year-old was arrested on suspicion of Prohibited Sale of Annex 'A' species (tiger) contrary to the Control of Trade in Endangered Species (Enforcement) Regulations and evading export restrictions for endangered species, contrary to the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979.

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