Hull retailer fined for selling illegal DVDs

Posted: July 14, 2017

A Hull retailer which specialises in secondhand goods has been fined £1,500 after admitting selling pornographic DVDs without a licence. According to a report in the Hull Daily Mail, the DVDs were discovered during a routine inspection by city trading standards officers at E&M Mart – but even if the trader had been licensed he would still have been in trouble as the DVDs were unclassified.

Over 600 items were recovered during the action, and in addition to the £1,500 fine the owner of the store was also ordered to pay £1,900 in costs and a £150 victim surcharge when he appeared at Hull Magistrates Court. A spokesperson for the council’s trading standards department said after the case: “The Video Recordings Act requires films to be classified by the British Board of Film Classification for the protection of the public and we will always take action against those that knowingly ignore the law.”