Man arrested in crackdown on illegal streaming services

A man from Widnes has been caught selling illegal streaming services
-Credit: (Image: Cheshire Constabulary)

Police have arrested a man as part of an investigation into illegal online streaming services.

At around 9.30am on Wednesday, July 3, officers executed a warrant at an address in Widnes and arrested a 51-year-old man on suspicion of fraud offences, possession of criminal property and possession of Class A drugs (cocaine). He had since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

A number of electronic devices including computers, phones, and digital satellite television boxes were seized at the address, along with crypto-currency, cash and a small amount of drugs.

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Detective Constable Hannah Clement, a Specialist Cyber Investigator, said: “While many people think that illegal streaming is a victimless crime, that is simply not the case.

“It causes an enormous loss to the entertainment industry and is also unfair that millions of people work hard to afford their subscription-only TV services while others cheat the system.

The services he has been illegally caught with
The services he has been illegally caught with -Credit:Cheshire Constabulary

“In addition, by using illegal streaming services, you also increase the risk of receiving malicious software, which gives criminals access to your network and can compromise your personal data.

“I hope that this warrant acts as a warning to those who knowingly commit or facilitate online copyright infringement.”

To find out about the dangers of illegal streaming visit Anyone with any information in relation to the sale, distribution, or promotion of illegal streaming devices is urged to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or visit

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