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Man arrested as part of nationwide crackdown on illegal streaming devices

Posted on 21st July 2017

Our officers executed a warrant at a property in Derby as part of a crackdown on devices that illegally stream subscription services.

The warrant took place at a house in Grenfell Avenue on Tuesday, in a joint operation between us and the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT).

It was part of ongoing work to stop the use of the illegal set top boxes, which are tampered with to enable them to offer a range of premium subscription services such as Sky TV and BT Sport without paying for them.

We seized a large amount of cash during the warrant, along with various pieces of electronic equipment.

A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of fraud, money laundering and copyright offences and has been released under investigation while inquiries continue.

Kieron Sharp, from FACT, said: “This collaboration between Derbyshire police and FACT is another step forward in disrupting the sale of illegal streaming devices.

“People may think there is nothing wrong with having one of these devices and streaming premium pay-for channels for free, such as live sports. However this is illegal and you would be breaking the law.

“Don't be fooled by devices that offer you the latest Hollywood films and premium pay-for-view sports for no charge. If you want to watch this kind of content we strongly advise you go directly to the official provider to ensure you don’t fall foul of the law.”

If you have information relating to the sale or provision of illegal streaming devices or services, call us on 101.

You can also report directly to FACT, by visiting www.fact-uk.org.uk.

Alternatively, you can give information anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.