Arrests at Arsenal and Anfield in ticket touts probe

Emirates and Anfield stadiums
Image caption The arrests were made ahead of Premier League games at Arsenal and Liverpool

Eight men have been arrested at the home grounds of Liverpool and Arsenal in an investigation into ticket touts.

Four were arrested near Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in north London before a match on Saturday. They have been released on bail until next month.

Another four were arrested close to Anfield Stadium on Sunday. They remain in custody.

The eight arrested men are between the ages of 23 and 47.

Det Ch Insp Nick Downing, of Operation Podium which is targeting illegal ticket sales, said: "Ticket touting is an illegal business run by people to gain financially through the exploitation of clubs and their fans.

"Genuine fans need to be aware they are not only fuelling criminal activity when they buy from a tout, but also putting themselves at risk as they could find themselves amongst opposing supporters."

The Metropolitan Police worked in partnership with Emirates Stadium, Anfield Stadium and Merseyside Police to carry out the operations.

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