Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Suspended sentences for festival ticket scam pair

Two ex-Southampton Solent University students who created a scam website selling fake music festival tickets have been given suspended jail terms.

Dale Frost and David Martins, both 21, are thought to have made about £11,000 from selling bogus tickets.

In 2009, 80 people paid up to £250 each for tickets from their website.

Frost and Martins, who pleaded guilty to two offences under the Fraud and Companies Acts, were each sentenced to 45 weeks, suspended for two years.

Lifted logos

Frost, of Radcliffe Road, and Martins, of Milton Road, were also ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service and to pay £1,067 in compensation and £1,250 costs at Southampton Crown Court.

The pair created the site called Z Tickets while first-year students reading business studies and web design. They were thrown off the course when the scam was revealed.

Southampton Trading Standards said none of the proceeds were recovered from the two men but "most of the victims got their money back because they paid using secure and protected methods".

"The site displayed logos and pictures lifted from genuine event sites including the Download, Isle of Wight and Reading festivals," a spokesman said.

"However, buried deep in the terms and conditions on the website was a brief mention of the fact that the tickets would not guarantee entry into the event - that would be at the discretion of the event organisers."

A spokesperson for Southampton Solent University said: "The university took immediate disciplinary action as soon as we were made aware of the situation, and can confirm that the two individuals are no longer students here."

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