Two arrested in Morecambe in fake chart-topping CDs raid

Beyonce. Photo by Yui Mok/PA Wire
Beyonce. Photo by Yui Mok/PA Wire

Detectives arrested two people during a dawn swoop in Morecambe as part of a counterfeit CD probe.

A man, 28, and woman, 27, were arrested at their home in Morecambe by the City of London Police unit on May 8.

The pair are suspected of selling illegally copied CDs including hits from US superstar Beyonce and latest chart topping albums by UK artists Paloma Faith, Paolo Nutini and Embrace.

They are believed to be selling the high-quality fakes through an online marketplace which are then shipped directly from an overseas source.

The operation is suspected to be making tens of thousands of pounds.

The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) launched the investigation following a referral from the British Recorded Music Industry (BPI).

The two were taken to a local police station for questioning whilst officers from the unit searched their home and seized a number of CDs, documentation and computers.

DCI Andy Fyfe, Head of PIPCU, said “The creative industries in the UK are a real success story however intellectual property (IP) crime is costing them millions of pounds each year and is putting legitimate businesses and jobs across the industry at risk.

“PIPCU is committed to preventing and disrupting IP crime and will continue to work with our partners across all industries to tackle those criminals who are ripping off UK businesses across the globe.”

Director of Anti-Piracy at the BPI, David Wood said, “High quality counterfeit CDs can be difficult for the average shopper to spot and as a result consumers are often duped into thinking they are buying the real deal.

“Not only does this mislead music fans but it generates money for those trading illegally at the expense of legitimate high street retailers and businesses trying to make an honest pound.

“I would like to thank and acknowledge the professionalism of the City of London Police in this investigation.”