Following intelligence supplied by FACT, on 22nd February Gloucestershire Police and Trading Standards Officers accompanied by a FACT Investigator executed a warrant at a house in Leonard Stanley, Gloucestershire. Computer equipment, DVD burners and several hundred counterfeit DVDs were seized along with a quantity of blank discs.
A 35-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman were arrested at the address by Gloucestershire Police on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply after a large amount of cannabis was also found. They were taken to Stroud Police Station and have been bailed to return on 14th April.
PS Kirk Harrison said; “This warrant and subsequent arrests should act as a warning to those flouting copyright laws that FACT, Trading Standards and the Police do work closely together and will act on information received about film piracy. Anyone with any such information can report it anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Kieron Sharp, FACT Director General, added;” FACT has established a strong working partnership with Gloucestershire Police and Trading Standards and this is proving successful in tackling audio-visual piracy as well as other serious criminality. As a national organisation we have always been aware of the need for strong local connections and we are able to assist law enforcement across the UK in reducing criminal activity and harm to local communities.”