WEST Dunbartonshire residents are being warned of the consequences of illegal television streaming following a recent police operation.

Officers executed a search warrant at a property in Millennium Court, Glasgow on Thursday (June 9) and reportedly seized a number of items in relation to copyright crime.

A 49-year-old man was arrested and charged in connection with alleged offences under the Copyright, Designs, and Patents Act 1988.

Detective Inspector Andy MacLean said: “This operation is an excellent example of how partnership working can tackle criminals conducting intellectual property crime.

“This type of crime is taken seriously and one man has been arrested today. Together with our partners, we’re determined to crack down on those who are involved in defrauding the television, film and sport industry, and bring them to justice.”

Matt Hibbert, Sky’s Director of Anti-Piracy, UK & Ireland said: “We supported Police Scotland in taking this action, which not only blocks access to a prolific source of stolen Sky content, but ultimately helps keep consumers safe from the very real risks of accessing content in this way.”

Neil Doncaster, Chief Executive of the Cinch SPFL, said: “We welcome the action taken by Police Scotland, and are hugely supportive of their efforts to tackle illegal streaming.

“We’ve just seen the conclusion of another thrilling season, and as we look ahead to the 2022/23 campaign it’s important that we do everything we can to protect customers who invest in legitimate subscriptions and support the major investment which Sky, our broadcast partners, are putting into the game.”