Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Raid Uncovers Dodgy DVD Haul; North East's Largest Find Discovered in Bedroom

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Raid Uncovers Dodgy DVD Haul; North East's Largest Find Discovered in Bedroom

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Byline: ADAM JUPP

CRAMMED into scores of plastic bags, the region's biggest stash of knock-off DVDs was discovered during a raid on Tyneside. The movie mountain was found in a bedroom at a house in Throckley, in Newcastle's West End.

More than 100 bags packed full of counterfeit DVDs were removed from the address, while pounds 3,500 was also seized.

The phoney films were handed to Newcastle City Council trading standards officers, who have launched a probe into whether they were due to be sold on the black market.

Team manager Dave Ellerington said: "This is comfortably the largest seizure of such material we have seen.

"The goods were handed to us following a police-led operation and we will be carrying out a full investigation into the matter."

Police gathered intelligence that large numbers of DVDs were being copied inside the house and officers from Northumbria's Total Policing Task Force raided the property.

One bedroom of the house was packed with film boxes containing copied movies.

Recording equipment, which it is suspected had been used to copy films directly from the TV on to discs, was also found.

Around 125 bags were filled with DVDs, all copies of popular titles from the present day, as well as hundreds dating back decades.

As well as films from the present day, classics such as Dr Zhivago were among the stash, as well as various stand-up comedy DVDs.

Some of the movie covers had been printed, with others appearing to have been cut from magazines.

Convincing colour copies of the DVD cover cases had also been made to accompany the discs.

Det Supt Ralph Logan, of the Total Policing Task Force, said: "Counterfeit goods take profit away from honest businesses and the profits from selling these goods can end up financing organised crime.

"Criminals are in it for the money and we are determined to ensure they don't make a profit."

Trading standards officers will be investigating what the plans were for the stash and whether goods have been sold on the black market.

Coun Anita Lower, Newcastle City Council's deputy leader and executive member for regulation, said she was delighted with the operation. …

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