By: Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
A raid by Ealing Council's trading standards team and police has
netted more than £ 5 million worth of counterfeit goods, including
the largest haul of pirate Bollywood DVDs in U.K. history.
Officers raided 11 units at the Shurgard self-storage site on
Uxbridge Road at Hayes, near Southall, and seized 1.75 million
items. The estimated 13 tonnes of merchandise included around
200,000 counterfeit Hollywood, Bollywood and pornographic DVDs,
around 1.5 million cover sleeves, blank DVDs, CDs, fake Nike and
Timberland trainers and counterfeit sports clothing. Around 75 per
cent of all DVDs seized were Bollywood titles.
Four people were arrested and three cars were seized, with more
arrests expected to follow. More than £ 6,000 in cash was also
Named 'Operation Don' after Bollywood movie Don, the
investigation was led by the Council's trading standards officers,
assisted by Southall Safer Neighbourhood police teams and supported
by the British recorded music body, BPI. It followed months of
intelligence gathering by the three agencies.