Bow man arrested for ticket touting at Championships League final

An east London man was arrested on suspicion of ticket touting at the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday.

The 38-year-old from Bow was among nine men swooped on at Wembley Stadium as part of a police crackdown on illegal ticket trading.

He was bailed to return to a police station in June.

The team of officers were working under the Met’s special touting team Operation Podium.

They were deployed as part of the force’s crackdown on organised ticketing networks in time for next year’s Olympics.

Police are trying to raise awareness of touting and warn that people who buy tickets illegally could pay over the odds for them and risk having their personal bank details stolen.

Det Ch Insp Nick Downing said: “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.”

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