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April 2017 

Richard Branson endorses the City of London Police’s Intellectual Property (IP) Crime Directory on World IP Day

The International Anti Counterfeiting Coalition and City of London Police Partner to Protect Consumers from Online Counterfeits

March 2017 

Operation Creative sees 64 per cent drop in UK advertising on illegal sites in 12 months    

February 2017 

Man charged in fake airbag investigation

Multi-agency crackdown on illegal TV set-top boxes results in five arrests    

January 2017

Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit tackles digital piracy

Man sentenced for selling fake goods online


Liverpool man sentenced to 12 months for illegally distributing Top 40 hits after PRS and PIPCU police investigation

Man fined for selling illegal TV set top boxes online.

Supplier of illegal IPTV and android-type boxes jailed for four years ​


Man arrested in Maidenhead for attempting to sell Brotherhood movie online  


PIPCU arrest two men in connection with gaming piracy investigation  

Man pleads guilty to illegally distributing thousands of UK Top 40 hits following police and music industry investigation


Law enforcement and Premier League clubs unite for Football Against Fakes

Tenth international Intellectual Property crime conference celebrates a decade of success


Motor manufacturers analyse suspected counterfeit airbags as part of ongoing investigation.  

Op Creative reboots with new dedicated officer

New PIPCU and MPA partnership set to strengthen fight against online digital piracy

 PIPCU disruption of gaming piracy leads to arrest

Police pull the plug on illegal international TV streaming hub based in the UK


Police collaborate with motor industry experts to tackle car part counterfeiting


Detective awarded for driving a blitz to takedown counterfeit websites

City of London RedCardtoCrime campaign leads to the suspension of a fake UEFA website selling knock-off replica kits  


PIPCU arrest made in connection with potentially dangerous fake hair straighteners


PIPCU and Nominet partnership secures over 3,000 website take-downs in 2015  

Man charged with fraud offences linked to the running of illegal proxy websites appears at court  


Man arrested in London following operation to tackle the sale of pirated TV set top boxes

Man charged with fraud offences linked to the running of illegal proxy websites

Arrests made in multi agency operation targeting pirated television set-top boxes   

February 2016

A man who sold counterfeit DVDs worth £100k on the internet has been sentenced

Man bailed in counterfeit airbag investigation

Police warn public after counterfeit airbag seizures

Don’t fake it this Valentine's

December 2016

£100k DVD con man is found guilty

December 2015

PIPCU make nationwide arrests as they dismantle illegal karaoke streaming operation

November 2015

Man and woman arrested on suspicion of mass distribution of copyrighted musical software

September 2015

Liverpool man arrested in Top 40 music leak investigation

August 2015

Operation Creative sees 73% drop in top UK advertising on illegal sites

July 2015

Online criminals set to face tougher penalties for copyright theft​

June 2015

PIPCU arrest shopworker as part of satellite TV investigation​

May 2015

Two arrested in ‘Wake up – don’t fake up!’ campaign​

Three men arrested in counterfeit computer equipment operation​

April 2015

PIPCU announces over 10 million website diversions as industry marks World IP Day 2015​

Halifax man arrested in movie leaks investigation​

March 2015

Man arrested for illegally uploading ultimate fighting and wrestling content arrested for illegally uploading ultimate fighting and wrestling content​

Special relationship between City of London Police and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) formalised with MOU signing.​

PIPCU shuts down illegal music site,​​

February 2015

PIPCU susp​ends more than 2,000 illegal websites since New Year​ 

January 2015 

UK ranks number one in the world for IP Enforcement​

Three arrested on suspicion of making six figure sum selling fake Justin Bieber and One Direction hoodies and t-shirts​​​ 

December 2014 

City of London Police crackdown on Christmas counterfeiters​

November 2014​​

PIPCU arrests two in Expendables 3 movie leak investigation​

PIPCU shares best practice with global partners at IP conference​ 

October 2014​

PIPCU funding confirmed until 2017 - Cmdr Head “This is fantastic news for the City of London Police”​​

T​wo arrested on suspicion of illegally selling hundreds of thousands chart-topping hits​

Mike Weatherley MP - IP Adviser to PM Stands Down from Role ​

September 2014​

City of London Police calls for global collaboration to tackle IP crime

IP Minister visits PIPCU to celebrate unit’s successes on its one year anniversary​​

Two arrested in fake computer software investigation​

August 2014

PIPCU arrest Nottingham man believed to be running proxy server