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Emeli Sande fans duped by ticketing scam

Around 200 Emeli Sande fans were refused entry to her concert in Edinburgh, Scotland after unwittingly buying stolen tickets.

Between 150 and 200 fans bought tickets on secondary ticketing websites expecting to gain entry to the city's Usher Hall venue for Thursday's (16Mar17) gig.

According to editors at Scotland's Daily Record newspaper, police officers informed disappointed gig goers that their tickets were not genuine and had been stolen from Usher Hall's box office in February (17).

One angry Emeli fan told the newspaper, "(I) Bought tickets to see Emeli Sande tonight at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh to be told we had in fact purchased stolen tickets. We were treated like criminals and the police are involved. About 200 people affected."

A spokesperson for Edinburgh City Council, who run the venue, said, "We share the disappointment and frustration of those fans who have been victims of ticket scamming.

"Emeli Sande's performance at the Usher Hall was a complete sell out and we were unable to allow people with counterfeit tickets into the venue."

After Thursday's gig, the 30-year-old Scottish singer's tour moves on to London where she will perform at the O2 Academy Brixton on Tuesday (21Mar17).

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