Wimbledon Targets Touts And Stalkers

By Lindsey Last edited 128 months ago
Wimbledon Targets Touts And Stalkers

Whilst British ladies hopeful Elena Baltacha's out on Court 2 today and homegrown Chris Eaton's making tantalisingly promising progress into round 2 elsewhere, a dedicated police squad are cracking down on ticket touts outside the All England Club and removing obsessive fans to a safe distance.

We gave you the lowdown on how to get hold of legitimate tickets for the tennis on Monday but with all that tedious queuing, touts are always going to have brisk trade. However, if they're caught by this crack police team they'll now be moved on, to the edge of an exclusion zone 2km by 1km around Wimbledon Village and the All England Club.

The exclusion zone allows officers to move on groups of two or more people selling tickets in the area, with the threat of arrest if they return within 24 hours.

Joining them on the periphery will be those ardent fans who take idol worship a bit too far and have to be warned to stay away from the tournament, although we need convincing that it's really a good idea to put those scary fans who want to get closer to their tennis heroes at any cost together with disgruntled touts with tickets to shift.

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Last Updated 25 June 2008