Islington police raid DVD house

Islington Police, supported by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), executed a search warrant at a terraced house on the border of Islington and Haringey on Friday 17th October 2008.

It is believed the house in Ferndale Road, N15 was a significant storage location for the distribution of counterfeit DVD’s in London. Police found that the first-floor had been converted to display, distribute and sell counterfeit DVD’s.

 Approximately 50,000 DVD’s, with an estimated street value of £150,000, were recovered from the house.

No arrests have been made at this stage as the property was unoccupied at the time of the raid.

Sergeant Mike Aldridge from the Islington Police Problem Solving Team, who set-up the operation, said: “This raid has seriously dented the network that supplies counterfeit DVDs on the streets of not only Islington and Haringey, but North London and beyond. My team will continue to work both covertly and in uniform to locate these premises, seize property and assets, and arrest the perpetrators not just involved in production, but also those selling on the streets.”

FACT Director General Kieron Sharp 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 Islington Police Problem Solving Team for their assistance and their continued efforts to tackle this problem.”

Categories

Latest News

News

Protecting content during the COVID-19 outbreak

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19 during this extraordinary time. In the current circumstances, the demand for online content is set to increase significantly over the coming weeks. Where there is an increase in content consumption, online piracy is significant. At FACT we have over three decades of experience in protecting content for … Continued

News

Criminal convictions for Kodibox sellers

Two men have been sentenced at St Albans Crown Court after being found guilty of selling television devices which enable access to paid for services dishonestly. Thomas Tewelde from Acton, West London and Mohamed Abdou from Tonbridge, Kings Cross have each been sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years. They must pay £1000 … Continued

News

Seller of illicit streaming devices ordered to pay over £500,000

A criminal found guilty of supplying illegal streaming devices (ISDs) providing unauthorised access to Premier League content has been ordered to pay back more than £520,000, to the ‘public purse’. In April 2018, John Dodds was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison having pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to defraud. Dodds sold ISDs to hundreds … Continued

News

Seller of illegal streaming services ordered to pay over £10,000

A man has received a 16-month prison sentence and has been ordered to pay over £10,000 after he pleaded guilty to five offences at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates Court. In 2019 the National Trading Standards Investigation Team (Wales) led a project, partnered with FACT, to investigate TV boxes available for sale online by Wales-based traders. As … Continued