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|Ken Backs Anti-Tout Campaign
- Theatre ticket scams targeted by Mayor
LONDON mayor Ken Livingstone has leant his support to a campaign aimed at curtailing the nefarious activities of theatre ticket touts.
"Hopefully the campaign will make visitors to London more aware of the problem," Livingstone said. Thousands of leaflets warning tourists of the tout plague are to be handed out around London's main attractions.
In the past, touts selling tickets to unsuspecting tourists were largely confined to the streets around Theatreland, but now many have moved on-line in a seemingly successful bid to acquire legitimacy.
"Touts use ads with an internet site. It lends a veneer of respectability. They buy the least popular seats in the house and then sell them to people saying they're front row," explained Gordon Powell, trading standards officer at Westminster Council.
One way for visitors to avoid tout problems is to book on-line via a recognised, reliable outlet - LondonNet for example.