24 October 2014

A haul of counterfeit DVDs worth £439,000 have been seized after a police raid at Glasgow’s Barras market.

Officers from Police Scotland, Glasgow Trading Standards and the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) took part in the multi-agency operation at the famous market on Sunday 12th October.

Police executed warrants in the Barras and recovered a haul of music and film DVDs with an estimated value in excess of £163,000 at around 11am.

A further haul of counterfeit DVDs, estimated value of around £276,000 was also recovered in the operation.

Two men, aged 19 and 40, and a 29-year-old woman, were arrested in connection with the seizure.

They will appear in court at a later date.

Inspector Matthew Webb of Police Scotland, said: “This is a significant seizure and will have a considerable impact on the illegal marketing of counterfeit goods.

“The close working partnership we have with officers from FACT is proving invaluable and we will continue to share information and intelligence in our collective efforts to stamp out this type of criminal activity in Scotland.”

Kieran Sharp, Director General, FACT, said: “This seizure demonstrates the success of partnership working. Criminal activity on this scale threatens the livelihoods of the two million people working in the UK’s creative industries and harms legitimate businesses.”

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