Counterfeit DVDs and CDs seized

Police are investigating the incident. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
Police are investigating the incident. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Thousands of counterfeit DVDs and CDs have been seized during raids on two premises in Glasgow.

Specialist trained officers along with local divisional officers, assisted by colleagues in Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) targeted two addresses on Wednesday and Friday (March 11 and 13).

They uncovered a large amount of counterfeit media, in addition to manufacturing equipment.

The addresses searched were a business premises in Maryhill Road and a residential premises in Kiniver Drive, Blairdardie.

Chief Inspector David Pettigrew, of London Road Police Office, said: “This was an intelligence led operation in which we are ably assisted by our colleagues in FACT and BPI.

“A number of enquiries are continuing, however, one thing is clear: a significant amount of counterfeit items have been seized along with specialist equipment which has the capability to reproduce such products. All will be destroyed.”

He added: “I would urge anyone with any information on those dealing in counterfeit items to contact police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers where information can be passed in confidence.”

Kieron Sharp, Director General of FACT said: “This is another example of excellent multi agency work. The sale and distribution of counterfeit DVDs affect the livelihoods of hard working people in Scotland and the profits made from these sales often support serious organised crime.”