Issued By
West Yorkshire Trading
Standards Service


Officers from West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service, involved in a multi-agency operation with the Police, the BPI and FACT raided a number of premises in Bradford on Friday 29th August where large quantities of Asian music CDs, DVDs and video cassettes were on sale.

During the operation, one shopkeeper was arrested whilst massive stocks of illegally copied music, videos and DVDs estimated to be worth £75,000 were uncovered. Goods that were seized were on display at prices commensurate with genuine merchandise.

Speaking of the latest seizure, Martin Wood, West Yorkshire’s Chief Trading Standards Officer, said, “We will not tolerate cases where there is a high degree of consumer detriment. In these particular cases, consumers were led to believe they were purchasing genuine merchandise when in fact they were purchasing illegally copied products of an inferior quality. These activities amount to theft from legitimate traders in terms of lost sales, and for this reason we take a hard stance against those trading in this manner.”

Councillor Graham Clarke, Chairman of West Yorkshire Joint Service Committee stated, “Trading in counterfeit goods is a serious offence and as such carries a serious penalty – a maximum of 10 years imprisonment. The consumers and traders of West Yorkshire can rest assured that we take allegations of counterfeiting very seriously and that we will act upon any information in relation to the supply of counterfeit goods.”

Dave Martin Director of BPI added, "Asian music piracy is a serious problem affecting record shop retailers, record companies and artists. I am therefore delighted with the proactive response of officers from the Trading Standards Service and Police of West Yorkshire in seizing 1000’s of pirate CD’s and DVD's."

For more information please contact:

Dennis Ager, Trading Standards Officer 0113 289 8220
Paul Smith, Principal Officer 0113 289 8219
Carol Hallett, General Media Contact 0113 3836407