Porn films seized at car boot sale

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PORN movies — on sale in view of young children — were seized in a crackdown on counterfeit DVDs and CDs at a car-boot sale in Hucknall.

Trading standards officers from Notts County Council targeted the event, which is held every Sunday off Hucknall bypass.

Up to 600 fake DVDs and CDs, including a large quantity of pornography, were confiscated. The items were openly on sale at three stalls on land normally used for parking, directly next to the main market site.

Three men were arrested during an operation that was supported by Nottinghamshire police.

The haul of counterfeit discs included copies of some films that have not yet been released on DVD.

After the arrests, officers from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire police searched the men’s homes, none of which were in Hucknall. Further counterfeit items and copying equipment were found at properties belonging to two of the arrested men.

Trading standards officers had been monitoring the Hucknall car-boot sale for several weeks as part of a series of ongoing initiatives to tackle the sale of counterfeit goods in Nottinghamshire.

Only last month, a 38-year-old Derbyshire man was caught with more than 700 fake DVDs at the same car-boot sale. He was ordered to complete 200 hours of community service.

The latest counterfeiting suspects have been quizzed and released on bail.

Coun Mick Murphy (Con), a Hucknall member of the county council and its Cabinet member for community safety, said: “This should serve as a warning to people pedalling counterfeit goods that it will not be tolerated in Nottinghamshire.

“Not only will we seize items being sold, we will also not hesitate to raid other residential or businesses premises if we believe they contain further counterfeit goods.

“We owe it to legitimate businesses and the people that depend on them for their jobs to take action against this hardcore minority who are cheating them out of trade and cheating the taxpayer.

“The items seized in this instance were poor-quality copies and obviously counterfeit. It is vital that members of the public appreciate that counterfeiting is not a victimless crime and that they report it to trading standards.”

If you suspect someone is selling counterfeit goods, call the Citizens Advice Consumer helpline on 08454 04 05 06 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.