London 2012: Police make 16 Olympics ticket touting arrests

11:12 29 July 2012

Police have made 16 arrests over alleged illegal ticket touting at the Olympics.

Officers are also warning the public to think twice about buying tickets from touts.

Five people were held on suspicion of ticket touting just hours before the opening ceremony on Friday.

Of these a 57-year-old German and a 30-year-old Slovakian woman were charged with ticket touting, Scotland Yard said.

Officers made a further 11 arrests on suspicion of ticket touting yesterday, while two people were held in relation to the alleged theft of two Olympic Lane passes.

Detective Superintendent Nick Downing, head of the Met Police’s Operation Podium, said: “My team has been working tirelessly to clamp down on ticket touts. We have been, and will continue to seek out and take robust action against anybody who tries to cash in on the 2012 Games in this way.

“Ticket touting is illegal and is a clear exploitation of those who genuinely wish to experience the Games first-hand.

“I would also urge people to think twice about purchasing tickets from these criminals: if you do, you are likely to find yourself paying over the odds for them, while at the same time fuelling criminality.”

He said anybody buying tickets from unofficial places could end up with their personal and credit card details being stolen for use in other crimes.

A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft and a 51-year-old man on suspicion of handling stolen goods. They remained in custody last night.

Wolfgang Menzel, 57, a German national, has been charged with ticket touting and is due to appear at Thames Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

Maria Bukranova, 30, a Slovakian national, of Ivormore Place, London SE18, has been charged with ticket touting and appears at Thames Magistrates’ Court on August 8.

A 57-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of ticket touting has been released with no further action.

A 26-year-old man arrested for ticket touting has been bailed to return to police in August, and a 31-year-old man arrested for ticket touting remains in custody.

Of the 11 suspected ticket touts arrested yesterday, a 62-year-old man has been released with no further action, and a 57-year-old man and a 53-year-old man have been bailed to return to police in October.

Eight more men were still in custody last night.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
2 3 4 5 6

Latest Crime news

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
A West Ham fan was stabbed on Sunday

The West Ham fan stabbed before Sunday’s match against Tottenham has been released from hospital, the club has confirmed.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
The robbers threaten a female shop worker with a sword and machete in Mitcham

This shocking CCTV footage shows teenage robbers wielding a machete and sword threatening a female shop worker in Mitcham, south London.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Police want to talk to this man about a sex assault on a 16-year-old girl on a Hounslow bus

A 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by a man while travelling on the 423 bus route along Bath Road, Hounslow.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Knife crime is on the rise in the capital (Picture: PA Images)

The 17-year-old boy murdered in a north London street last night is the fourteenth teenager to be stabbed to death in London in 2015, amid a ‘disturbing’ increase in knife crime in the capital.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Marta Ligman, 23, may have been alive when she was stuffed into the suitcase and thrown into the canal (Picture: Facebook)

A forklift truck driver has been found guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Marta Ligman, who may have been alive when she was stuffed into a suitcase and thrown into the Grand Union Canal.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
The boy was stabbed to death near Caledonian Road Tube station in Islington (Pic: Google Street View)

A teenage boy was stabbed to death in Yoke Close, off North Road, Holloway, last night.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...


Tesco - Every little helps

Would you like to have the opportunity to win a huge £2,500 to spend at Tesco? Well with this amazing prize you can do exactly that! MyOffers are giving you the chance to get your hands on £2,500 to spend on anything you desire may it be free weekly groceries for the foreseeable future, a new TV, home decoration or even a new sofa!

Read more
You could get your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge!

Here’s your chance to win one of the most feature-packed smartphones on the planet, from tech giants Samsung, The Samsung S6 Edge!

Read more

Latest Tech News