On Friday 21st January 2011 the Police raided an unsuspecting Blockbuster in Northampton upon receiving a complaint from a ‘distressed’ viewer and seized copies of the film despite the BBFC rating on the front and the content warning in large letters on the back.
The police with their usual, the complainant is always right, attitude didn’t check with the BBFC before raiding the store for a perfectly legal film.
Blockbuster has now withdrawn the film from it’s catalogue pending consultation with their lawyers.
Northamptonshire police sent dogatemywookie.co.uk the statement:
We received information from a member of the public that a copy of The Serbian Film at a branch of Blockbusters in Northampton contained images of child abuse.
We have a duty to investigate such claims and in agreement with the manager of the shop took a copy away to view and check that it was the edition that has been approved by the British Board of Film Classification for distribution.
It has been established as a legitimate copy of the film that has been approved for distribution by the BBFC and so is being returned to the shop.