A man identified on Twitter as selling fake Premiership football tickets admits fraud

Connor Parkin photographed by the victim who bought fake football tickets from him

Connor Parkin photographed by the victim who bought fake football tickets from him

First published in News Wimbledon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A man identified on Twitter as selling fake Premiership football match tickets has admitted fraud.

Connor Parkin, 21, of Lister Close, Mitcham, pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court.

Police were contacted on December 2 last year to reports of a fraudulent sale in Wimbledon of electronic football tickets.

On November 24 Parkin met a 21-year-old man at Costa Coffee in Wimbledon Broadway, to complete the sale of four Premiership football match tickets priced in total at £500.

Parkin, who used the pseudonym of Alfie Edwards, sold fraudulent electronic tickets for Tottenham Hotspur FC Vs Manchester United FC at White Hart Lane on December 1 last year.

Weeks before, Parkin had advertised the tickets on a website - Craigslist - on which the victim showed an interest in the tickets, initially priced at £160 each, a police spokesman said.

The man arranged to meet the seller in person to buy the tickets.

Following an exchange of money at the coffee shop, the man asked to photograph Edwards' official sellers identity card, however he refused to have this photographed.

He did however agree to have a photograph taken of his face on a smart phone, as sat inside the café, by means of identification for the man should he need it.

Parkin left the man with the fraudulent tickets, a false mobile number and false email address according to a police spokesman.

The buyer and three friends went to the game, however they were refused entry and told by ticketing staff their tickets were fake.

He called police to report the crime the next day.

Officers quickly realised the name Mr Edwards was false, so used the photograph to put out an appeal on Twitter which quickly saw members of the public come forward and identify Parkin.

He was arrested at his home address in January where officers seized an iPad and clothing he had been worn on the day of the sale at the coffee shop.

Having pleaded guilty on April 23, Parkin will be sentenced on Thursday, May 15.

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