100,000 DVDs seized in £1million illegal porn bust

14:29 05 September 2013

Picture: Westminster City Council

Picture: Westminster City Council

Archant

More than 100,000 illegal porn DVDs set for the shelves of the capital’s newsagents have been seized in raids on businesses in south London.

Officials had to make several trips to complete the haul due to the number of boxes. Picture: Westminster City CouncilOfficials had to make several trips to complete the haul due to the number of boxes. Picture: Westminster City Council

The stash comprising hundreds of boxes, said to be worth as much as £1million, was found by Westminster City Council (WCC) licensing inspectors following the discovery of pornographic material hidden in magazine packs on top-shelf displays in shops across the borough.

Officials and police seized the unclassified DVDs over four raids on two suppliers in Wandsworth and Merton.

The supply of unclassified pornographic material is an offence under the Video Recordings Act 1984.

Cllr Nickie Aiken, WCC’s cabinet member for community protection and premises, said: “We believe we have uncovered a major wholesale supply ring distributing unclassified material to shops in Westminster.

“The disturbing issue is that a child going into a newsagents for a comic or some sweets could now come across some very unpleasant hardcore material.

Earlier this year WCC lost a court battle over its use of licence fees from sex shops to fund its enforcement of the industry. Cllr Aiken said the ruling had “undermined” the council’s ability to fight the illegal porn trade.

Two men are being questioned by council officers for a suspected breach of the Video Recordings Act, WCC said.

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Monday, July 6, 2015
(Picture: @beckileigh_x)

Terrified residents were evacuated from their homes in east London yesterday after police firearms and explosive officers were called to reports of man threatening to shoot himself.

Monday, July 6, 2015
(Picture: Barry Banter / YouTube)

Dozens of people gatecrashed Wirelsss festival in Finsbury Park at the weekend, battering through the 9ft metal fencing.

Sunday, July 5, 2015
John Palmer was shot in the chest at his home

The family of John “Goldfinger” Palmer who was found murdered in his home say they have been “devastated” by his death.

Sunday, July 5, 2015
Wayne Powell was shot dead in east London

Police have offered a reward of £20,000 to solve a murder which took place five years ago in Chingford, east London.

Friday, July 3, 2015
Police want to talk to this man about the incident in Liverpool Street

A 12-year-old girl is ‘traumatised’ after being sexually assaulted by a drunk pervert at Liverpool Street station last night.

Friday, July 3, 2015
Azelle Rodney was shot dead 10 years ago (Photo: PA Wire)

A Met marksman who who blasted suspected armed robber Azelle Rodney six times at close range 10 years ago has been cleared of his murder.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Read more
Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Read more
Adrenalin junkies, this one's for you!

An icon of British engineering and a consistent favourite of James Bond, there are few names quite as legendary in motoring as Aston Martin.

Read more