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Bestival 2015 was a sunny one, but the event won’t return to the Isle of Wight

A teenager who admitted selling thousands of pounds worth of fake tickets to Bestival 2015 has been sentenced to 21 months in a young offender institution today (Friday). 

Benjamin Hyland-Ward, 19, of Saltdean near Brighton, left around 375 people disappointed after taking about £60,000 for tickets that he failed to produce or provide a refund for. He was arrested back in September 2015, as previously reported by Island Echo.

Hyland-Ward was charged with 9 counts of fraud by false representation last year and pleaded guilty at Lewes Crown Court on 12th December. He appeared at the same court today (Friday) and received a 21 month sentence.

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Investigator Amber Forshaw-Briant from Sussex Police said:

“This has been a long and complex investigation involving a large number of people and we’d like to thank those involved for their patience and assistance.

“We would also like to take this opportunity to remind people about the risks involved by purchasing tickets through sources that aren’t reputable and that is the offer is too good to be true, the likelihood is that it is.”

Unfortunately, Bestival won’t return to the Isle of Wight in 2017 following the news of its move to Lulworth Castle in Dorset.

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