Three More Premium TV Channel Arrests
Police have made 3 more arrests on suspicion of illicitly distributing premium TV channels.
20:36 25 September 2018
Six individuals have been arrested on suspicion of illicitly distributing TV channels by authorities in Hampshire, south east England, Scotland and Ireland. The move follows a year-long complex investigation coordinated by Europol.
Earlier this September, a separate arrest was carried out by officers from Hampshire County Council (HCC) Trading Standards against a woman and a man in Bursledon, Hampshire. This was followed by four more arrests made at different locations in the UK and Ireland. During the house searches, computer equipment and cash were seized and several bank accounts were frozen.
Sheila Cassells, Executive Director of AAPA and member of Europol’s IPC3 Stakeholder Advisory Group, commented that: “This case demonstrates clearly why it is crucial for the private sector and law enforcement to work together on these complex cases. The AAPA members involved value greatly the commitment of law enforcement to fighting audiovisual piracy and the coordination role undertaken by Europol.”
More arrests are expected to be carried out as a number of law enforcement agencies continue to work together to stop privacy. These organisations include The Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Trading Standards and UK IPO) Police Scotland and private sector partners, such as the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA), Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT).