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Police launch crackdown on Premier League illegal streamers with 1,000 homes to be visited | Football | Sport


Police will reportedly visit 1,000 homes this week as they try and get on top of illegal streaming of Premier League matches. Arsenal are currently five points clear of Manchester City at the highest of the top-flight table.

Based on The Mirror, police have identified customers from a database in a significant ongoing criminal investigation and can knock on their doors to warn them that they may face prosecution. The clampdown comes after raids by West Mercia Police against a UK-based illegal streaming service offering entertainment and sports through modified boxes, so-called ‘fire sticks’ and subscriptions.

The brand new purge will goal individuals who watch Premier League games, football matches from across Europe and other sports and films on the low cost. The operation has seen police join forces with anti-piracy investigators from FACT in Operation Raider. And investigators say there’s a transparent link between illegal streaming and fraud, scams and organised crime.

The purge is being supported by major corporations equivalent to the Premier League, Sky, BT Sport and Amazon. Detective inspector Matt McNellis of West Mercia’s cyber crime specialist operation said: “We’re capable of deploy cutting-edge digital tactics to discover and detect individuals who break the law before carrying out enforcement activity in concert with our partners.

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Meanwhile, FACT chief executive Kieron Sharp added: “We would really like to thank the federal government agency intelligence network (GAIN), the police mental property crime unit (PIPCU), West Mercia Police, and other police forces across the country, for his or her support to assist be sure that the general public are made aware of the risks of using illegal streaming services and, more importantly, that they understand that there’s the danger of criminal prosecution.”

Manchester City have won the Premier League 4 times within the last five years under Pep Guardiola. However the Residents are at risk of missing out on the title this season, with Arsenal having fun with a effective run of form under Mikel Arteta.

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