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V-Festival ticket fraud warning for Weston Park

Hayley Parsons who lost £1,500 in a ticket scam for V Festival which she bought through an unofficial website
Image caption Miss Parsons bought tickets to celebrate recovering from a brain tumour

Staffordshire Police has warned festival goers about buying tickets from unofficial websites after customers reported ticket scams.

Hayley Parsons, of Ludlow, Shropshire, spent £1,500 on seven tickets for V Festival, which is being held at Weston Park, Staffordshire, this weekend.

The 23-year-old said the tickets had not arrived and the website she booked through no longer existed.

Police said they were investigating many fraudulent websites.

Miss Parsons was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2008 and had planned to go to the festival with her friends to celebrate her recovery.

Birthday present

It would have been her first concert experience.

She said: "I wanted to go to V to relax and celebrate that I had made it through, because things could have gone the wrong way, but of course it's all been taken away from me."

Jackie Butcher, from Tamworth, Staffordshire, bought a ticket online in March for her son's 16th birthday but it has also not arrived.

A spokesman for the force said: "Staffordshire Police is aware of a number of fraudulent websites connected to fake tickets.

"The investigation of fraudulent websites is being progressed at a national level by the Metropolitan Police force.

"Fraudulent websites are being developed all the time and this information is being passed on to be investigated."

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