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Counterfeit DVDs to be destroyed

More than 2,000 counterfeit DVDs with a street value of about £5,000 are to be destroyed in Berkshire.

Trading standards officers took the fakes during separate seizures at industrial estates in Theale, Thatcham and Newbury.

The illegal DVDs consisted of versions of new or unreleased films as well as a large quantity of pornography.

West Berkshire Council will destroy the haul on Tuesday after court orders were granted by magistrates.

Councillor Marcus Franks, member for environment and public protection, said: "We are looking to send a clear message that the sale of counterfeit goods will not be tolerated.

"It damages legitimate businesses who are already suffering due to the economic downturn.

"Although this is often seen as a victimless crime by those looking to buy counterfeit goods, the truth can be far from the case with sales sometimes linked to serious crime such as drugs and people-trafficking."

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