Touts charge 3 times ticket prices for kids’ char­ity gigs

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY LEWIS PAN­THER

GREEDY touts are rip­ping off teens and their par­ents head­ing to a char­ity Christ­mas ball for needy kids.

They bought thou­sands of tick­ets to the sell-out Jin­gle Bell Ball at Lon­don’s O2 arena next month.

One well-known tout, banned from il­le­gal sales, is us­ing web­site StubHub to de­mand £1,000 for six tick­ets, that cost just £57.50 each.

The two days of gigs, star- ring Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Tay­lor Swift and Rita Ora is run by ra­dio gi­ant Global, which owns Cap­i­tal, Heart, and Smooth, in aid of its char­ity Make Some Noise which helps dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren. So far it has helped raise more than £3.5mil­lion. MP Sharon Hodg­son, who backs the Sun­day Mir­ror cam­paign to ban touts, said: “It’s shame­ful that touts are prof­it­ing off money be­ing raised for im­por­tant char­ity causes.”

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