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Cops swoop on DVD factory

PUBLISHED: 12:54 24 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:42 24 August 2010

DETECTIVES swooped on and illegal DVD factory in a dawn raid where around 5,000 pirate films were seized and four men arrested. The raid took place in a squalid bungalow in Elmstead Avenue, Wembley, when officers from Brent police blitzed the property at

DETECTIVES swooped on and illegal DVD factory in a dawn raid where around 5,000 pirate films were seized and four men arrested.

The raid took place in a squalid bungalow in Elmstead Avenue, Wembley, when officers from Brent police blitzed the property at around 6.45am on Tuesday September 22.

Some 11 people of Chinese origin were discovered living in the cramped three bedroom house by police, who were accompanied on the raid by immigration officers and a representative from the Federation against Copyright Theft (FACT).

Sergeant Michael How from Preston Safer Neighbourhoods Team said: "This is a great example of the MPS working with partner agencies in order to reduce crime on Preston Ward and improve the standard of life for the residents of Brent."

Four men were arrested for immigration offences and enquiries are ongoing.

Eddy Leviten, head of communications at FACT, said: "We are pleased to continue working with the police in the borough to crack down on the illegal sale and distribution of counterfeit DVDs.

"This crime actively harms local cinemas, retailers and rental stores and we would encourage members of the public to report this criminality anonymously to Crimestoppers."

If you have any crime related concerns please contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods Team in confidence on 0300 123 1212, visit www.met.police.uk/saferneighbourhoods/ or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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