Get tough on touts

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IT COMES to some­thing when pop star Ed Sheeran is sort­ing out the tout scan­dal in­stead of the Govern­ment.

The gin­ger singer has taken mat­ters into his own hands by can­celling thou­sands of tick­ets for his sell-out gigs bought up by scalpers and rip-off re­sale sites.

He then re­funds fans and of­fers them face value en­try.

What a palaver.

Min­sters should have de­clared war on the blag­gers a long time ago.

It’s not as if they’re hard to catch. The shys­ters stand out­side con­certs and sports venues flog­ging their in­flated tick­ets, of­ten in front of po­lice.

And on­line com­pa­nies openly make vast prof­its from the same scam, of­ten tar­get­ing kids and teens.

Digital Min­is­ter Margot James said yes­ter­day if fans must use a re­sale site, “don’t choose Vi­a­gogo, they are the worst”.

The firm has fi­nally been re­ferred to Na­tional Trad­ing Stan­dards over sneaky ex­tra fees.

It’s time to put these con artists out of busi­ness.

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