5 July 2024

Detectives from the Cheshire Police Cyber Crime Unit, with the support of  FACT have arrested a man as part of an investigation into illegal online streaming services.

At around 9.30am on Wednesday, 3 July, officers conducted a warrant at an address in Widnes.

A 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of fraud offences, possession of criminal property and possession of Class A drugs (cocaine). He has since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

A number of electronic devices, including computers, phones, and digital satellite television boxes, were seized at the address, along with crypto-currency, cash and a small amount of drugs.

These devices are currently being further forensically examined by FACT.

Detective Constable Hannah Clement, a Specialist Cyber Investigator, said:

“While many people think that illegal streaming is a victimless crime, that is simply not the case.

“It causes an enormous loss to the entertainment industry and is also unfair that millions of people work hard to afford their subscription-only TV services while others cheat the system.

“In addition, by using illegal streaming services, you also increase the risk of receiving malicious software, which gives criminals access to your network and can compromise your personal data.

“I hope that this warrant acts as a warning to those who knowingly commit or facilitate online copyright infringement.”

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