Ipswich: Two quizzed following raid in pirate DVD probe

Some of the items seized in pirate DVD probe

Some of the items seized in pirate DVD probe - Credit: Archant

A man and a woman have been quizzed about a suspected mini pirate DVD and CD factory after a raid in Ipswich.

Suffolk trading standards officers seized a number of items from a home in the town during the swoop.

However, investigators have not revealed the address or area involved.

The two people questioned have not been arrested, but were detained following the confiscation of various items.

Officers went to the residential address with an entry warrant.

Alongside police the trading standards staff searched the premises for any offences under the Trade Marks Act for counterfeit DVD’s and CD’s.

The raid came after intelligence was received alleging copies of dvds could be obtained through the social media website Facebook.

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Among the items that were seized were 35 hard drives and laptops along with other computer equipment as well as dvds.

These will now be subject to further forensic analysis as the investigation continues.

Although few details have emerged about the inquiry, it is understood it relates to the suspected illegal reproduction of films and programmes which are then being sold on.

The raid took place on Tuesday this week.

Trading standards officers have said counterfeit goods are becoming more widely available. Technology levels have improved so much that it is easy for criminals to make sophisticated copies.

Officials stress people who use sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Gumtree and eBay to sell counterfeit goods will be investigated and further action taken where fake goods are found to be sold.

Consumers are warned to be suspicious about bargains and find out what guarantees or after-sales service go with the items they purchase.

People are advised to examine the quality of the goods, and check labels and packaging for misspellings and poor logos

Purchasers should take extra care at car boot sales, pubs and computer fairs, or in other situations where it may be more difficult to get in touch with the trader after the purchase.

If you think you have been sold counterfeit goods, or if you suspect somebody is selling fake goods, telephone trading standards on 08454 040506 for advice.