London police arrest 16 for illegal Olympic ticket resales

By REUTERS
July 29, 2012 01:23

 
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LONDON - London's Metropolitan police said they had arrested 16 people since Friday for illegal reselling of Olympics tickets, as Games organizers said they were investigating why scores of seats were empty at some events on Saturday..

The arrests were made on Friday and Saturday in the Stratford area near the Olympic Park in east London, and in Wimbledon, in the south of the capital, where the tennis contests are taking place.

"Ticket touting is illegal and is a clear exploitation of those who genuinely wish to experience the Games first-hand," said the officer in charge of a crackdown on illegal ticket resellers, known in Britain as touts and in the United States as scalpers.

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