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Northamptonshire fraudster jailed for selling fake gig tickets online

Nathaniel Gamble admitted scamming music fans. Credit: Northants Police.

A prolific fraudster who conned music fans out of more than £16,000 by selling fake gig tickets online has been jailed.

Nathaniel Gamble, from Brackley, admitted 15 charges of fraud by false representation and one relating to the proceeds of crime. He also asked for 76 other fraud offences to be taken into consideration.

The 23-year-old started the music tickets scam less than a week after he had been released from prison for other fraud offences.

He advertised tickets to festivals and concerts on websites including Facebook, Gumtree and reselling sites.

Buyers were asked to transfer money to bank accounts, and were either sent fake tickets or never received tickets at all.

Some victims only realised they had bought fake tickets when they arrived at the events and were denied access. In some cases, they lost hundreds of pounds each.

Gamble continued selling fake tickets under his own name and aliases including Nathan Andrew, John Woodhouse, Ross Brock, John Wilson and Nial Chapman, until his arrest on November 21 last year.

He was jailed for five and a half years at Northampton Crown Court.

“Over just six months, Gamble defrauded at least 88 victims, and there may well have been many more who have not reported their experience to the police.

“The disappointment and upset he caused was considerable, with many victims only discovering they had been defrauded after travelling to events and being turned away at the door.

“I would urge anyone buying event tickets to only purchase them from the venue’s box office, promoter, official agent or reputable ticket exchange site to avoid losing out this way.”

– Mel Phillips, Northants Police Fraud Crime Team

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Brackley Town repeat history after knocking Gillingham out of the FA Cup

James Armson scored a hatrick for Brackley Town Credit: PA

National league side Brackley Town are through to the second round of the FA cup after beating League one Gillingham in their first round replay.

Brackley beat the Gills 4-2 after scoring twice when the game was taken into extra time.

James Armson was the hero, scoring a stunning hat-trick to set up a second round tie at Blackpool.

The victory comes three years after Brackley pulled off a big shock to knock Gillingham out of the cup back in November 2013.

Celebrations for Brackley based Mercedes after F1 title

It's one down, one to go for Mercedes of Brackley in Northamptonshire after retaining Formula One's constructors championship.

That's after Lewis Hamilton's victory at the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi, his forty-second career win to surpass Ayrton Senna's total of forty-one.

Hamilton's potentially one win away of securing his third World Drivers championship.

Sergio Perez clinched third place for Force India of Silverstone, their first podium finish of the season and third overall.

Team Mercedes if Brackley took to Twitter saying 'Brackley is absolutely buzzing'.

"Mr Pothole" campaigns for road repairs

A road safety campaigner from Northamptonshire, known as "Mr Pothole", is celebrating after helping to get local roads repaired.

Mark Morrell from Brackley has spent the last two years campaigning for resurfacing works in the town and surrounding areas.

He's been so successful, he's now thinking about taking the campaign further afield.

Click below to watch Sarah Cooper's report.

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Brawn predicts strong finish for Silver Arrows

Brawn: hopes to build on momentum

Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn is predicting a strong finish for the Brackley-based Formula One team.

Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix from pole position in the last F1 race before the summer break.

Seven pole positions in the last eight grands prix and three wins in the last five have made Mercedes the main challengers to Milton Keynes-based Red Bull.

"The first half of this season can be split into two halves again - the first five races and the second five races," Brawn told the team's YouTube channel.

"I'm very pleased particularly with the second five races because we have started to pick up some momentum, pick up some strength."

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