Four people have been arrested during an investigation targeting illegal TV streaming.

Two men, aged 42 and 45, and two women, aged 37 and 40, were detained yesterday following a garda search of two houses in Crumlin, Dublin and Ashbourne, Co Meath.  

Gardaí said the operation was the culmination of an investigation into the illegal streaming of TV content, including pay per view products.

The operation was carried out with the assistance of Europol in conjunction with police forces in England and Scotland.

A total of €84,000 has been frozen in bank and credit union accounts.

Gardaí said a number of third-party payment accounts have been identified and 'limited'.

They say more than €700,000 has been paid into the accounts over the last three years.

Detective Superintendent George Kyne, of the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, said: "This is an organised criminal enterprise where consumers are funding criminality and depriving genuine industry of legitimate revenue.

"Consumers are providing their payment details to unknown individuals and leaving themselves open to being the victims of fraud and/or data theft.

"The security around these devices and illegal streaming platforms exposes customers and leaves their home systems vulnerable.

"It is important that the public is aware of the impact of illegal streaming and its consequences."