Targeting counterfeiters in Hull

Police officers, anti-piracy agencies and the Hull Council Trading Standards took to the streets of Hull to round up known counterfeiters earlier this week (8 December).

Behind the scene teams of detectives and anti-piracy investigators from the Federation Against Copyright Theft have been conducting a covert operation at markets at Walton Street and Craven Park over the last six months.

The hard work resulted in 12 targeted suspects were arrested for counterfeiting offences.

Charges have been brought against seven of those suspected counterfeiters and all those charged are due to appear at the Kingston upon Hull Magistrates Court on Wednesday 17 December 2008.

A further five suspects have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

A large quantity of counterfeit optical media and money were seized during the raids.

At two addresses computer equipment for copying were confiscated, while a electric stun gun was also seized.

In summing up Operation Cobra so far, Detective Sergeant Mike Reed said: “Counterfeit goods costs the music and film industry millions of pounds each year and this multi-agency operation shows that it will not be tolerated in Hull.

“I am pleased with the success of Operation Cobra. With many of those targeted being arrested and charged yesterday and facing courts in the next couple of weeks.

“I would also like to reiterate to people that buying counterfeit goods supports an illegal trade which can put puts many people’s jobs at risk within retail and the entertainment industries.”

Kieron Sharp, Director General of FACT, said: “We are delighted to be working with Humberside Police and all the agencies involved to crack down on the illegal trade in counterfeit goods.

“Walton Street Market has been a problem for a number of years with the overt sale of counterfeit DVDs and we welcome any moves to tackle this ongoing problem.”

Enquiries are still ongoing to identify two of people linked with alleged counterfeiting offences.

Two person did identify themselves to police after seeing themselves in the media.

Anyone with information about suspected counterfeiters are urged to contact Humberside Police, tel 0845 60 60 222 or CrimeStoppers anomalously on 0800 555 111.

Latest Content

News

Content creators Jakidale and Arianna Chieli shine a light on the dangers of Illegal streaming

Italian families are increasingly at risk as new research shows that 47 per cent of families illegally streaming have seen extreme or explicit pop-ups. More than 1000 Italian parents with children up to 16 years of age were interviewed A new campaign from FACT, one of Europe’s leading associations for the protection of intellectual property, … Continued

News Sky Business

Hereford Licensee ordered to pay over £6,000 for illegally screening Sky Sports

On Tuesday 22nd March 2022, Mr. Michael Hudson of the Prince of Wales public house, Walford Road, Ross on Wye was convicted in his absence of two offences of dishonest reception of a television transmission, in this case, Sky televised football matches, with the intent to avoid payment of the applicable charge. Sky Sports is … Continued

News Prosecutions

Illicit streaming fraudsters jailed

FACT instigated investigation leads to over 10 years total prison sentences  Hampshire County Council Trading Standards and FACT have welcomed a successful outcome in the courts relating to the illegal streaming of copyright material. Following a detailed investigation led by the County Council’s Trading Standards officers working in collaboration with FACT  and National Trading Standards, … Continued

News

FACT’s anti-piracy and content protection work in 2021

2021 was another busy year for FACT’s content protection team! From the first conviction of its type in the UK to a summer road trip serving cease and desist notices, we continue to protect content by disrupting illegal activity and holding those responsible to account. With separate convictions and sentences seen in 2021 for the … Continued