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Durham Police Nab Alleged Pirates

DURHAM, UK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — UK record labels' association the BPI and UK film anti-piracy organisation FACT has confirmed that two males were arrested yesterday on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud the music and film industries, after police from Durham Constabulary pulled over their car – that had been identified as having no insurance.

When officers started questioning the two men in the car, further enquiries were made which led police to execute search warrants at their two houses in Burnhope and Pelton, near Chester-le-Street, County Durham.

The two individuals had already been under suspicion after investigations by BPI and FACT into the supply and distribution of counterfeit music and film in the region.

Police said that officers from the force's Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) unit were on duty in the Pelaw Bank area of Chester-le-Street, when at around 10am they stopped a Daewoo Lalos car being driven by the two suspects. The subsequent raids uncovered an estimated 30,000 discs comprising music, films, TV series, and computer games. Several Xboxes were also recovered along with recording equipment, toner cartridges and around £500 in cash. The car has also been seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act and the two men, one in his thirties the other in his forties, were arrested for copyright offences. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers