London cops nab DVD pirates

Met Police crack third major operation in three months

LONDON — The Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) has helped London police crack their third major DVD piracy operation in three months.

On Sunday, Metropolitan Police officers raided premises in London’s East Walthamstow section and discovered a cannabis factory attached to a DVD replication operation capable of producing more than 300,000 discs per week. Seven people were arrested.

Officers discovered about 40 DVD towers, each with nine burners, and eight DVD label printers.

In addition to a large amount of porn, police found hundreds of movie titles, including copies of “The Da Vinci Code,” which was released in cinemas only last week.

Detective Chief Inspector Tristram Hicks said: “This factory has been designed to be a 24-hour operation. All of our suspects were living and sleeping on the premises, which have the capacity to produce hundreds of thousands of pirate DVDs a week.” Fact director general Raymond Leinster added: “This is the third major pirate operation dismantled since February in the Greater London area, which emphasizes the increased focus by Met Police officers on film piracy.”

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