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Munch on my mint mothballs!

Eleven people were taken to hospital after a woman handed around mothballs thinking they were mints.

The woman, who attends a unit for senile dementia sufferers, had intended the mothballs for her clothes and put them in her pocket.

But she forgot what they were there and passed them around at the Samuel Boyce Unit at Cumberland Road Day Centre in Newham, London.

A staff member raised the alarm and the old folk, mostly in their eighties, spent the night at Newham General Hospital.

A hospital spokesman said: "We believe only three had eaten the mothballs, but decided to let nature take its course rather than distress them by pumping their stomachs."
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 9, 1997
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