Large quantities of counterfeit films, music and computer games have been seized by Cornwall Trading Standards from a property in Penryn.

Officers from Cornwall Trading Standards, the Police and the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) entered a private residence in the Penryn area after receiving information that counterfeit DVD's were being distributed from the premises. It is estimated that around 10,000 fake discs were seized as well as computers equipment, laptops and mobile phones.

The investigation is ongoing.

Stuart Benson, from Cornwall Council's public health and protection team said: “People may be tempted in this current economic climate to engage in copying and selling films, music and/or games as an extra source of income. They must realise that on prosecution, any person found guilty of such activities could be looking at penalties of up to 10 years in prison and/or an unlimited fine. In addition to this any benefit claims or tenancy agreements may be affected and under the Proceeds of Crime Act any assets may be confiscated.”

Kieron Sharp, FACT director general, said: “Criminals selling counterfeit DVDS across the South West are harming the livelihoods of honest hard working people in local businesses. Cornwall is a popular location for making television programmes and films, this provides a boost to the local economy, which activity such as this jeopardises.”

To report suspected counterfeiting activity please call Citizens Advice Services on 08454 040506 or CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.