Police clamp down on Games touts

Police have arrested 16 people in the last two days in a crackdown on ticket touting. Five were held yesterday just hours before the opening ceremony. Two people were also arrested yesterday in relation to the alleged theft of two Olympic Lane passes.

My team has been working tirelessly to clamp down on ticket touts. We have been, and will continue to seek out and take robust action against anybody who tries to cash in on the 2012 Games in this way.Ticket touting is illegal and is a clear exploitation of those who genuinely wish to experience the Games first-hand. I would also urge people to think twice about purchasing tickets from these criminals: if you do, you are likely to find yourself paying over the odds for them, while at the same time fuelling criminality.

– Detective Superintendent Nick Downing, Met Police