Video 'pirate' jailed for four years

An internet pirate who created a website to illegally download films and TV programmes has been jailed at Newcastle Crown Court.

38 year old Anton Vickerman from Gateshead had earned £35,000 a month from adverts on the website.

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Internet 'pirate' jailed in Newcastle

Anton Vickerman
Internet 'pirate' Anton Vickerman Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

An internet pirate from Gateshead, who ran a website allowing films and TV shows to be downloaded illegally, has been jailed for four years at Newcastle Crown Court.

38 year old Anton Vickerman earned £35,00 a month from adverts on his website, surfthechannel.com.

It received 400,000 visitors a day and, at one point, was in the world's top 500 most popular sites.

Vickerman was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to defraud in June, following an eight-week trial.

His 39 year old wife, Kelly, was cleared of the same charges.