Illegal tiger parts sold in jewellery by Sheffield woman

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A Sheffield woman who used illegal tiger parts in jewellery she sold has pleaded guilty to three offences of breaking endangered species protection laws.

Catherine Emberton, aged 29, of Gleadless Road, Heeley, admitted three offences at Sheffield Crown Court.

Emberton sold and offered for sale jewellery containing tiger teeth and tiger claws between February 2013 and June 2014.

When police searched her home on June 9 2014, they found the illegal items, contrary to the Control of Trade in Endangered Species Enforcement Regulations 1997.

She was arrested following a joint investigation by South Yorkshire Police and the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit.

She will be sentenced on March 30.