White rhino Simba
Media playback is unsupported on your device

Man jailed for rhino horn smuggling bid in Manchester

A man who pleaded guilty to attempting to smuggle a rhino horn worth hundreds of thousands of pounds through Manchester Airport has been sentenced to 12 months in prison.

Donald Allison hid the horn in a bronze sculpture as he tried to board a flight to China. He hoped to get into the lucrative Chinese medicine market where rhino horn is believed to cure cancer.

The horn was from a Rhino which died at Colchester Zoo last year.

Lorna Gordon reports.

  • 05 Oct 2010
Go to next video: Monkeys smuggled in socks