A MAN has been arrested by detectives as part of an investigation into illegal online streaming services.

At around 9.30am yesterday, Wednesday, officers from Cheshire Police’s Cyber Crime Unit executed a warrant at an address in Widnes.

A 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of fraud offences, possession of criminal property and possession of class A drugs, namely cocaine.

He has since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Police executing the warrantPolice executing the warrant (Image: Cheshire Police)

A number of electronic devices, including computers, phones and digital satellite television boxes, were seized at the address.

Crypto-currency, cash and a small amount of drugs were also confiscated by officers.

DC Hannah Clement, a specialist cyber investigator, said: “While many people think that illegal streaming is a victimless crime, that is simply not the case.

“It causes an enormous loss to the entertainment industry, and it is also unfair that millions of people work hard to afford their subscription-only TV services while others cheat the system.

Items were seized from the address by policeItems were seized from the address by police (Image: Cheshire Police)

“In addition, by using illegal streaming services, you also increase the risk of receiving malicious software, which gives criminals access to your network and can compromise your personal data.

“I hope that this warrant acts as a warning to those who knowingly commit or facilitate online copyright infringement.”

Anyone with any information in relation to the sale, distribution or promotion of illegal streaming devices is urged to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org