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

14:29 05 September 2013

Picture: Westminster City Council

Picture: Westminster City Council


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.

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