Ticket Scam: Brighton Teenager Jailed

21 January 2017, 11:34 | Updated: 21 January 2017, 11:38

Teenage scammer

A Brighton teenager has been jailed for scamming hundreds of festival-goers hoping to buy tickets for Bestival 2015.

Benjamin Hyland-Ward, 19, of Westfield Avenue South, Saltdean, cheated friends out of around £60,000 for tickets he failed to produce or provide a refund for.

People complained to police in their droves about being left ticketless after paying to go to the festival on the Isle of Wight to see acts including Duran Duran and Missy Elliott.

Hundreds of people joined a Facebook page titled "Stresstival'', with many posters complaining about being left out of pocket and with no tickets.

Hyland-Ward was charged with nine counts of fraud by false representation last year and pleaded guilty at Lewes Crown Court on December 12.

In the same court on Friday he was sentenced to 21 months in a young offenders' institution.

Investigator Amber Forshaw-Briant said: "This has been a long and complex investigation involving a large number of people and we’d like to thank those involved for their patience and assistance. We would also like to take this opportunity to remind people about the risks involved by purchasing tickets through sources that aren’t reputable and that is the offer is too good to be true, the likelihood is that it is."