Worcester properties raided in crackdown on illegal streaming - The Worcester Observer

Worcester properties raided in crackdown on illegal streaming

Rob George 19th Dec, 2021   0

TRADING standards officers teamed up with officers from West Mercia Police to raid two properties in Worcester in the continued clampdown against illegal streaming.

Officers, in partnership with intellectual property protection organisation FACT, and BT, visited two addresses in Worcester and seized a variety of equipment relating to the provision of internet protocol television (IPTV) on Tuesday (December 14).

At the main suspect’s property the alleged proceeds of crime from the fraudulent activity were evident, with more than 15 signed sports memorabilia found including framed football shirt, boots and boxing gloves worth more than £10,000.

The illegal IPTV service provided access to premium content including TV, films and sport.

Despite being previously issued with ‘cease and desist’ notices, the individuals continued to offend and are now subjects of an ongoing investigation.

Initiated by BT, FACT referred this investigation to the Government Agency Intelligence Network (GAIN), part of the Regional Organised Crime Unit, which joined Worcestershire Trading Standards to take action.

Regional GAIN co-ordinator Jason Grove said: “The action is an excellent example of our multi-agency working to tackle fraud and organised crime.

“These kinds of offences cost the UK economy and in particular the film and television industry millions of pounds each year and today shows that we will take action against those involved. Anyone with information about this kind of crime can report it to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.”

Coun Karen May, Worcestershire County Council cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “This operation to help stamp out accessing TV illegitimately is yet another good example of our Trading Standards Officers working with partners, and other colleagues to tackle illegal activity in the county.

“I’m really grateful for partners working together to help crack down on those breaking the law here in Worcestershire.”

Kieron Sharp, FACT CEO, said: “Providing illegal streaming services is a crime and action will be taken against those running the services. We thank the GAIN co-ordinators, Trading Standards and BT for enabling the progression of this investigation.

“FACT will continue to monitor channels used to advertise, market, sell and distribute software, add-ons, devices and streams to take action against suppliers and operators.”


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