Manchester attack: Benefit gig ticket cheats could face police probe

Tickets have been made available for free for people who were at Ariana Grande's original gig Credit: John Salangsang/Invision/AP

Police could investigate thousands of people who applied for free tickets to the One Love Manchester benefit gig, it has emerged.

It comes after more than 25,000 people applied for the 14,200 tickets set aside for the people who were at Ariana Grande's Manchester Arena concert when it was targeted by suicide bomber Salman Abedi on May 22.

Stuart Ellison, a chief superintendent at Greater Manchester Police, told The Mirror that police were working with the promoter of Sunday's fundraising concert to see what action could be brought against those who made "unscrupulous applications".

The set aside in question were meant to be free for people who had been at the targeted performance only and other members of the public wishing to attend had to purchase tickets separately.

Speaking to the paper about the possible probe C.Supt. Ellison said: "That is a matter we are exploring with the promoter. These lines are being worked through with the promoter."

It is unclear what offence those making false claims for tickets could be investigated for.

Tributes have been left across Manchester in the wake of the attack that killed 22 Credit: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

Twenty-two people were killed in the Manchester attack, and several more injured, after Abedi detonated a bomb in the foyer outside Grande's 'Dangerous Woman' tour concert as fans were leaving.

Grande returned to Manchester on Friday ahead of the tribute concert this weekend where she will be joined by other musicians including Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Take That and Miley Cyrus to raise money for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund to support grieving families and victims of the bombing.

The £40 tickets to Sunday's charity show at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground were snapped up in less than 20 minutes when they went on sale