London 2012: Police warning after arrests of men on suspicion of ticket touting

13:00 06 May 2012

Police have issued a warning to ticket touts following the arrests of eight people suspected of touting.

The group were arrested near Wembley Stadium before the kick-off of yesterday’s FA Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool.

The eight men - aged 45, 36, 25, 37, 39, 33, 28 and 22 - were all taken into custody on suspicion of ticket touting under S166 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act.

They were arrested under Operation Podium, a dedicated team within the Met Police’s specialist crime and operations directorate whose remit is to prevent and investigate a range of serious and organised crime affecting the Olympic economy.

Podium was created based on experience from previous Games around the world, major concerts and sporting events that has shown the range of crimes that criminals may be planning to carry out involving London 2012.

Following the arrests yesterday, James Brokenshire, minister for crime and security, said: “We are determined that ticket touts won’t spoil anyone’s enjoyment of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“That’s why we’ve increased the fine for touting Olympic tickets from £5,000 to £20,000. My clear message to the touts is that you’re not welcome and if you take the risk you will be caught.”

Fans were also advised to be careful when they purchased tickets. Det Supt Nick Downing from Operation Podium said: “Ticket touting is an illegal business run by people to gain financially through the exploitation of clubs and their fans.

“Genuine fans need to be aware they are not only fuelling criminal activity when they buy from a tout, but also putting themselves at risk as they could find themselves amongst opposing supporters.

“If you buy tickets from unofficial places, you run the risk of paying over the odds for a non-existent ticket, ending up disappointed by not getting to see the game that you paid for, and risk having your personal and credit card details stolen for use in other crimes.

“Don’t let this happen to you. Only visit official sites for a list of genuine sellers who are authorised to sell legitimate tickets.”

Latest Stories

28 minutes ago
I'm not sure what he's going for here but I don't think it's worked (Picture via Gumtree)

In just a pair of shorts lying draped across his beloved Casio keyboard, this south London Gumtree seller is taking an unorthodox approach to shifting his instrument.

Read more
08:20
Police have released CCTV of the man they believe is a witness to an alleged rape in February (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

Police want to trace a Good Samaritan they believe helped a rape victim in Homerton and have released CCTV in a bid to find him.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:35
Great Britain's Jenny Jones with her bronze medal won in the Sochi Winter Olympics (Mike Egerton/PA Wire)

Snowboarder Jenny Jones has issued a desperate plea for help after her laptop containing all of her photographs of her Olympic success was stolen from her car.

Read more

Quirky London

Quizzes

How much do you really know about QPR legends like Les Ferdinand? Picture: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Test your knowledge of QPR’s greatest players with our fantastic legends quiz.

Read more
How much do you know about films in London? (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Do you know your Lock Stock from your Long Good Friday, Sliding Doors from Shakespeare in Love?

Read more
How much about this great city do you really know? Take our true Londoner quiz and find out (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Do you know your apples from your pears? Take our Cockney quiz and see how much of a Londoner you really are.

Read more
Guess the manager quiz. Here's a hint, it's not these four.

The managerial merry-go-round spins quickly these days so do you think you’ve got the knowledge to recognise the faces of all these football bosses?

Read more
A normal day at London Liverpool Street station

This quiz is for people who think they know the Tube and rail inside out.

Read more