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Tickets: Touting

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many prosecutions there were of ticket touts in each of the last five years. (144171)

The offence of ticket touting, under section 166 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 applies to regulated football matches. This public order provision is used by police in a proportionate and targeted way when the segregation of supporters might be compromised. Detailed information on football-related arrests has been collated by the Football Banning Orders Authority since the football season 2001-02, when the existing banning order framework was introduced. The following table provides details of prosecutions in respect of ticket touting offences.

Prosecutions under section 166 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, England and Wales, 2001-06 football seasons

Football season

Prosecutions

2001-02

96

2002-03

56

2003-04

42

2004-05

72

2005-06

47

Source:

Football Banning Orders Authority