Merseyside man arrested for selling fake Glastonbury wristbands


A man from Merseyside was arrested for fraud over the weekend of Glastonbury 2017 for selling fake festival wristbands.

This year’s event in Pilton, Somerset , was headlined by Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran.

Hundreds of thousands of people attended, with millions more watching the coverage on the TV. Tickets for the festival are notoriously difficult to get hold of and sell out in minutes, months in advance.

The Glastonbury website makes it clear that the See Tickets website is the only place to get genuine tickets.

“See Tickets is the only ticket agency permitted to sell tickets for Glastonbury Festival. No other site or agency will be allocated tickets. Any other company or individual claiming to sell Glastonbury Festival tickets is bogus”, the website states.

Photo: BTP Avon & Somerset

Despite this desperate music fans can be easy prey for fraudsters.

Avon and Somerset’s British Transport Police tweeted in the early hours of Saturday morning a photo of the fake wristbands and cash with the caption “Male arrested for fraud after selling fake #glastonburyfestival2017 wrist bands at #castlecary station.”

A spokesman for the British Transport Police said the arrested individual was 43-years-old and from the Merseyside area.

He has been released under investigation by the police but officers are continuing to gather evidence.