From the Gazette:
"The faces of the bootleg DVD pirates hit with 10-year-long ASBOs have been plastered on posters in a Hackney supermarket. The signs show the names of the seven-strong Chinese gang banned from plying their illegal trade. They also emphasise the links between the dodgy DVD trade and the funding of organised crime. It is the first time the anti-piracy organisation, the Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact), has used posters in such a way. 'This poster campaign should leave no one in any doubt of the penalties for selling counterfeit DVDs,' said Kieron Sharp, Fact's director general. The gang plagued Tesco's car park in Morning Lane until the seven were arrested on February 1. A week later, the seven were given Anti Social Behaviour Orders at Thames magistrates' court. The raid was a joint initiative between the police, Hackney Council, Fact and immigration services. On Wednesday last week, the team of officers involved in the operation was commended in a ceremony at the town hall."
I may be missing something here but why the massed mutual back-slapping? Those dodgy DVD vendors have been around for months if not years, not only in the Tesco car park, but up and down the Narroway, even popping in to Percy Ingle's on a few occasions when I've been gnawing on a bacon sandwich there. Smiling, only mildly annoying and utterly open about what they were doing, they'd become part of the central Hackney scenery. I had long been amazed that they hadn't been nicked in the normal way simply for peddling illegal merchandise. Seems it's taken a massive, four-pronged, multi-agency pincer-movement to get a mere ASBO - not even a criminal conviction - slapped on them along with the launch of some waste-of-space name-and-shame poster campaign. This merits an award ceremony in the Town Hall? Sorry, I don't get it. Can anyone explain?