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Illegal streaming arrest

July 31, 2020

By Colin Mann

A man has been arrested in the northwest of England as part of an investigation into illegal online streaming services.

On July 30th, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) executed a warrant at a property in the Leigh area of Wigan.

A 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of fraud and copyright under the Designs and Patents Act 1988. He has since been released under investigation.

Officers also seized a number of electronic devices including computers, phones, digital satellite television boxes and viewing cards. Enquiries are ongoing.

“This warrant was executed as part of an investigation in to the illegal provision of premium TV content,” commented Detective Constable Michelle Wilkinson of GMP’s Economic Crime Unit. “This type of crime can result in companies losing a significant amount of revenue each year.”

“I hope today’s action serves as a warning to offenders that neither companies nor Greater Manchester Police will tolerate this behaviour and that we will work together to identify anyone responsible for providing illegal online streaming services,” he concluded.

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