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Man jailed for his role in porn business

PUBLISHED: 08:48 28 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:28 14 July 2010

AN Attleborough man has been jailed for 21 months for his part in a business selling pornographic DVDs and videos in the UK.

Michael Fowler, 52, was one of five men involved in the operation - run from Belgium - which detectives said netted nearly £2m at least between 2005 and 2007.

AN Attleborough man has been jailed for 21 months for his part in a business selling pornographic DVDs and videos in the UK.

Michael Fowler, 52, was one of five men involved in the operation - run from Belgium - which detectives said netted nearly £2m at least between 2005 and 2007.

Judge Charles Gratwicke described the material as “revolting and disgusting” as he handed down sentences totalling more than 10 years, following a hearing yesterday at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Unemployed George Buchanan, 60, who ran the operation from his home in Blanenberge, Belgium, was given a seven-year term.

The judge said Buchanan, who previously lived in St Osyth, Essex, and was extradited from Belgium after fleeing, was the “central figure”.

Unemployed John Dormer, 56, of Bow, London, who copied and distributed DVDs and tapes, was given a 12-month term.

Printer Stephen Fisher, 50, of Hornchurch, Essex, who printed brochures advertising DVDs, was given an 18-month term.

Fowler and Malcolm Winter, 50, of Clun, Shropshire - the operation's cashiers - were each given a 21-month term.

All five admitted conspiring to supply obscene material and conspiring to launder money.

None of the DVDs or tapes featured children.

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