Three men arrested in Bermondsey after cops smash video piracy site

Admin (18 February, 2015)

Police swoop in dawn raid against bootleg website

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Detectives investigating a popular video piracy website arrested three men in Bermondsey during a dawn operation on Tuesday February 17th

The men, aged 26, 25 and 24, were arrested at a residential address at Enid Street on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud, copyright theft, and encouraging or assisting offences.

Police executed a search warrant at the property and recovered digital equipment and financial documents.

Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Neil Reynolds, said: “The site was extremely popular. It was viewed about 70,000 times a day and, internationally, it ranked thousands of places higher than a well-known and legitimate film download site.

“It can be difficult for people to care about copyright laws being broken, but the money made from such sites is often spent on funding other crime. We are looking at how much money was made from advertising on this website and where that money went to.”

Kieron Sharp, Director General of FACT (Federation against Copyright Theft) said: “As these latest arrests show, this type of criminal enterprise will not go without action, and those involved face severe penalties”

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