The UK's Federation AgainstCopyright Theft (FACT) worked with London's Metropolitan Police and Waltham Forest TradingStandards to raid a major pirate DVD manufacturing facility in Leyton, northeast London.
Five arrests were made andmore than 300 titles were seized including Ice Age 2, which opens in the UK today.
The facility contained morethan 500 DVD burners, capable of producing 60,000 DVDs per day,with a street value of $437,425 (£250,000) per day or $3m (£1.7m) per week.
The raid involved officersfrom the Metropolitan Police's new Film Piracy Unit, which is a jointinitiative with FACT. Officers will now conduct a detailed investigationinto the operation's finances.
"WalthamForest Trading Standards is pleased to work in conjunction with FACT and the Met Police to actagainst DVD pirates operating in the borough and this week's action shows thebenefits of such a multi-agency approach," said Gavin Douglas, group manager, public protection for the London Boroughof Waltham Forest. "Waltham Forest has a zero toleranceattitude to organised counterfeiting and will continue to enforce this policy.We also believe that the raid will have a major impact on the pirate DVD sellers operating in thelocal area and will help reduce the criminal activity brought into local communitiesby this and associated crimes."