Tickets to the V-festival have been stolen in a bizarre series of thefts in Chelmsford.
Police have issued a warning after four instances of people having tickets stolen after arranging to sell them to a man on auction websites.
Upon meeting him in the Melbourne area of the town to hand over the tickets, they were confronted by a man on crutches, sporting bandages and plasters on his head. As he took the tickets for inspection and prior to purchasing them, he ran off with them.
This is a rather bizarre way of committing crime, but it has already led to four different sets of people being duped into handing over the tickets. We are reminding people of the need to be wary of personal security and that of items they are holding or indeed intending to sell.
The man is further described as being of mixed race, aged in his late teens or early 20s, is of small-medium build and is approximately 5ft 6ins tall.The crimes were all committed yesterday. Anyone with information should call Chelmsford police station on 101.
More than 50 people have now been arrested on suspicion of drug offences at the V Festival in Chelmsford.
Revellers have basked in the sunshine at the V Festival in Chelmsford while listening to acts such as Ed Sheeran and The Stone Roses.
Essex Police said the arrests sent a "strong message" to anyone thinking about using or supplying drugs at the V Festival in Hylands Park.