UK police: 8 charged over Olympic ticket scalping

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Associated Press

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 3:00 AM

LONDON (AP) — British police say eight people have been charged with attempts to illegally resell London Olympics tickets, including seats at Friday's showpiece opening ceremony.

Scotland Yard said Sunday that, separately, two people had also been charged for attempts to sell two Olympic road lane passes, one person with an offense of theft and a second with an offense of handling stolen goods.

The passes allow vehicles to use lanes on London roads reserved for Olympic VIPs.

Eight people will appear at a London court on Monday. Two others will appear at later hearings.

Police also arrested three other people Sunday — two close to the beach volleyball arena and one close to the Olympic stadium — over alleged ticket scalping offenses.

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