Half million pound pirate DVD factory raided in New Cross, SE London

Following an intelligence led operation, a large pirate DVD factory was raided yesterday in a 3 bedroom semi-detached house in Joseph Hardcastle Close, SE14 by New Cross Safer Neighbourhoods Team and FACT.

250 burners were found, capable of producing over 170,000 knock-off DVDs a week with a street value of over half a million pounds per week.

Also in the premises were a large amount of blank DVDs and printed inlay cards.

The DVDs were believed to be destined to be sold on the streets of London by illegal Chinese immigrants working for Chinese organised criminal networks.

Titles found on the raid include Sweeney Todd, There Will Be Blood and Cloverfield ( which are not yet released in UK cinemas).

5 people were present on the premises – no arrests were made but investigations are continuing.

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