Four people were arrested yesterday (16 December) and 10,000 counterfeit DVDs seized in raids on three stalls at Western International Market in Hounslow, Middlesex and on two addresses in Slough, Berkshire following intelligence gathered by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT).
The raids were conducted by officers from Hounslow Borough of the Metropolitan Police, Thames Valley Police and Hounslow Trading Standards, assisted by officers from FACT.
3 males were arrested in Berkshire and 1 female was arrested in Hounslow and all have been bailed pending further investigations.
Counterfeit DVDs seized included titles such Bee Movie, The Golden Compass and The Assassination of Jesse James.
Kieron Sharp, FACT Director General, said: “The trade in counterfeit DVDs brings harm to local communities and threatens local businesses and legitimate market traders.
I would like to thank the officers from the Met Police, Thames Valley Police and Hounslow Trading Standards for their assistance and their continued efforts to tackle this problem.”