Commendation for officers who investigated Halifax pirated computer games case

Detective Constable Anthony Chapman, Detective Constable Ashley Nuttall and Detective Sergeant Philip Jagger
Detective Constable Anthony Chapman, Detective Constable Ashley Nuttall and Detective Sergeant Philip Jagger

An officer’s diligence was praised after a lengthy investigation resulted in two men being jailed.

Undercover police officers carried out test purchases at Mobile Phone Service Centre in Southgate and various stalls in Halifax Borough Market after reports of a stolen Nintendo Wii console and mobile phone being sold.

Officers seized a number of pirated games and illegal devices known as R4 cartridges, which could be used to play pirated games on Nintendo DS consoles.

They also seized a Dell laptop containing more than 800 illegally downloaded Nintendo games along with other items including a memory card reader with a further 289 games on it. It all totalled in excess of £300,000.

Detective Constable Tony Chapman received an award from Chief Superintendent Chris Hardern for his work on the investigation. He was also commended by Judge Durham Hall after he unravelled the clues of how they had copied and sold the games and profited from the sale. He used the Proceeds of Crime Act to seize the property.

Detective Constable Chapman said: “When you talk about copyright and trademark offences it is boring but very painstaking work to bring them to a conclusion.”

Detective Constable Chapman was among a team of five officers who received a judge’s commendation. His Honour Judge Bartfield noted that all the officers worked very hard on a difficult case and there was a lot of work that had to be undertaken at court, including the organising of the defendant Ghani to give evidence for the prosecution.

Also praised were Detective Sergeant Philip Jagger, Detective Constable Ashley Nuttall, Kerry Fox and Jeanette Macdonald.

In Novemeber last year, Bilal Munir of Halifax Games in Halifax Borough Market was jailed for 15 months after he was found guilty by a jury of possessing an article - the Dell laptop - for us in copying trademarks.

Navid Akhtar was given an eight-month jail term suspended for a year after he pleaded guilty to possession of the seven R4 cartridges used to circumvent the Nintendo copyright systems. Umar Shahzad was jailed for 15 months for attempting to handle the “stolen” items brought to the shop by undercover officers and possessing the illegal devices.