2 August 2002

Illegal meat sniffed out

ILLEGALLY imported meat – including a smoked monkey carcass – has been seized by customs officials at the Eurostar train terminal in London.

Lambeth Council Regulatory Services destroyed a quantity of illegal bushmeat including a smoked monkey carcass from a Eurostar passenger arriving at Waterloo from Paris.

The revelation came on Wednesday (July 31), the day after two sniffer dogs were brought in to detect consignments of illegal meat at Heathrow airport.

Meanwhile, a woman from south London has become the first person to be prosecuted under animal import laws issued in 1996.

Susan Williams, of Braeside Road, Streatham Vale, pleaded guilty to three offences under the Products of Animal Origin (Import and Export) Regulations.

She imported 39kg of illegal meat, including pigs trotters, smoked cow hide and smoked fish into Gatwick Airport from Sierra Leone in January. &#42

On the case… Samos the sniffer dog will continue its training at Heathrow airport.