10 arrests by film piracy unit working with FACT

At approx 11.30 this morning (13.06.06) police officers from the Film Piracy Unit and Territorial Support Group at the Met police have arrested ten people believed to be involved in a large criminal network dealing in film piracy.

The raids were carried out in North Chingford, Harlow and Walthamstow at residential and business premises. Utilizing intelligence from a number of sources including FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft), IFPI (International Federation Phonographic Industries) and Waltham Forest Trading Standards, the Met’s Film Piracy Unit were able to target a successful criminal network dealing in the production of counterfeit DVD’s.

The factory, at industrial premises in Harlow, is believed to be a supplier sustaining the production of counterfeit film products by criminal networks in London, the South East and Home Counties.

Two men and a woman were arrested at business premises in Walthamstow, a further three men were arrested at business premises in Harlow. They have all been arrested on suspicion of:

(1) Conspiracy to launder the proceeds of criminal conduct
(2) Conspiracy to produce counterfeit film product

A further man was arrested in Harlow on suspicion of possession of a Class A drug.

All of the above seven have been taken to an Essex Police Station.

Three men arrested during the raid have been bailed to return to a police station at a later date.

No one was arrested at the raid in North Chingford.

Searches are ongoing.

Detective Superintendent Trevor Shepherd, Economic and Specialist Crime Directorate said:

“Today’s arrests are key in closing down a large proportion of the film piracy industry in the south east. By working with our partners (FACT) we have been able to take a pre-emptive strike against the top tier of a successful criminal network.”

Raymond Leinster, FACT Director General, said:

“This is a significant success for the Met’s Film Piracy Unit working together with FACT. The focus of this operation is to dismantle a commercial entity sustaining the large scale manufacture and distribution of counterfeit film media. We welcome the in depth financial investigation under the proceeds of crime act associated with today’s raids.”

Latest Content

News

Three in five consumers unaware of the hidden dangers of piracy: fraud, malware and identity theft

62% of people in the UK unwittingly putting themselves and their new gadgets at risk through piracy New research commissioned by FACT has shown that three out of five people in the UK (62%) are unaware of the hidden dangers of piracy – fraud, identity theft and malware – or its links to criminal gangs. … Continued

News

Thousands of subscribers to illegal streaming service warned by police

More than 7000 residents, believed to have been using an illegal TV streaming service, are set to receive warning notices this week from Lancashire Police. The Police cyber-crime unit is issuing the warnings to subscribers of an IPTV service which allows users to illegally stream premium channels at a reduced rate. Subscribers will receive the … Continued

News

Police ask consumers if illegally streaming high profile sporting events is worth the risk of identity theft

The City of London Police’s, Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) in partnership with FACT, leaders in intellectual property protection, are warning sports fans to use legitimate sources to watch the high profile fight this weekend between Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev. During Anthony Joshua’s last fight, against Andy Ruiz Jr, data showed that more … Continued

News

Ealing Studios awarded FACT Certification

The world’s oldest continuously working studio facility for film production has played a part in many award-winning productions and can now celebrate another success as Ealing Studios has been awarded FACT Certification.