Arrests over fake T in the Park wristbands

Police have issued a warning and arrested two people in connection with counterfeit wristbands for T in the Park festival.

Arrests over fake T in the Park wristbands
Arrests over fake T in the Park wristbands

Strathclyde Police arrested two men on Tuesday (25 April) after the fake bands for the Scottish music festival were sold on social networking sites for more than £200 each. 

Officers believe more than 100 people have fallen victim to the scam, with some individuals spending thousands on wristbands for themselves and friends.

A warning on the Strathclyde Police website warns that the blue bands - which have ‘VIP’ written on them - are fake and will not grant access to the festival which takes place in July at Balado Park in Kinross.

David Perrit, detective inspector for the Major Crime and Terrorism Investigation Unit (MCTIU) at Strathclyde Police said he believed more people had bought the fake bands: "This fraud will undoubtedly be a real shock for music fans who thought they were buying a genuine wristband for this year’s festival. 

"We believe there may be more people who have been scammed by these two men, so I am asking anyone who has bought one of these bands to please contact police.

"These bands do not look anything like the genuine article so, if you have bought one or been given one, please do not try to get access to the festival, as site security are aware of these bands and you will not get into any part of the site.  Please do not even risk it."

Geoff Ellis, director of T in the Park said: "As always, we urge fans only to buy T in the Park tickets from official outlets to avoid becoming the victims of fraud. Fans who are duped into buying counterfeit tickets and wristbands will not gain access to the festival and will also be left severely out of pocket. We continue to work closely with the police to ensure that those who scam music fans and peddle fake tickets are brought to justice."

Anyone who has bought one of the wristbands is urged to contact MCTIU on 0141 800 4621 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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