Hatfield police celebrate first conviction for extreme porn under new laws

Hatfield police celebrate first conviction for extreme porn under new laws

Glen Smith has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for possessing extreme porn.

More than 9,000 counterfeit DVDs were seized from Smith's home.

First published in News St Albans & Harpenden Review: Photograph of the Author by

A MAN possessing more than £250,000 worth of extreme porn is the first to be convicted under new legislation thanks to the efforts of the Hatfield neighbourhood policing team.

Glen Smith, 38, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail after pleading guilty to 22 charges of selling counterfeit CDs and DVDs and possession of extreme pornography on Friday, August 20.

Smith, of Chingford, London, was caught at Cuffley car boot sale in August last year.

It followed a thorough investigation by PC Ross Freeman and Hatfield neighbourhood Sergeant Malcolm Dey working closely with the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) and BPI (British Recorded Music Industry), to bring Smith to court.

The 38-year-old was arrested following a number of proactive covert operations in August 2009 during which officers from the Hatfield policing team seized more than 9,700 counterfeit DVDs from his home address.

Sergeant Dey said: “We are the first officers in the county to make use of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 – possession of extreme pornographic images – and it was only possible by the fantastic support from FACT and BPI.

“We are thrilled with Smith's significant sentence which shows how this type of crime is viewed by the courts.”

PC Ross Freeman from the Brookmans Park and villages policing team, who investigated the offences, added: “The sheer amount of disks and equipment Smith was in possession of was staggering – worth up to £250,000 – and the investigation into him took nearly a year.”

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1:29am Wed 1 Sep 10

TeddySmith says...

The threat this country faces from terrorism, organising crime, drugs, gun/knife crime must truly be over if the police and courts have time and money to waste on this! The "extreme ****" law is a thought-crime and a blight on our criminal justice system; the government has no place in the bedroom, and less still does Herts police. So the cops are "thrilled" at this, are they? This smacks of a horrible authoritarianism...
The threat this country faces from terrorism, organising crime, drugs, gun/knife crime must truly be over if the police and courts have time and money to waste on this! The "extreme ****" law is a thought-crime and a blight on our criminal justice system; the government has no place in the bedroom, and less still does Herts police. So the cops are "thrilled" at this, are they? This smacks of a horrible authoritarianism... TeddySmith
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