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Ed Sheeran declares war on ticket touts and cancels 10,000 tickets bought for resale

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Singer Ed Sheeran has hit back at touts by cancelling 10,000 tickets being sold online at rip-off prices.

Hundreds of seats for next year’s gigs at Wembley were being listed on resale websites within minutes of release.

Most were asking for up to eight times the £49 (C$81.25) to £88 (C$146) face value, but one chancer wanted £174,000 (C$288,526) for a pair of tickets.

Such tickets are no longer valid and are being put back on official sale.

Ed’s spokesman said: “Most ­profiteering companies heeded promoters’ warnings not to trade and resell tickets that would instantly be cancelled. This resulted in 90% of tickets being delivered into fans’ hands at the face value.

“The process of analysing sales and cancelling tickets purchased for purposes for resale will continue until the tour takes place.”

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Tour promoters and National Trading Standards cyber crime officials monitored purchases when tickets for Ed’s tour went on sale earlier this month

Some touts were snapping up dozens of tickets at a time. Ed, 26, has spoken out against the profiteers, blasting their “hideous overpricing”.

His team claimed offshore firm Viagogo was the worst offender and said any resales that breach new consumer rights laws would be reported to Competition and Markets Authority investigators.

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