Fans conned by fake archery tickets

Jul 28, 2012, 09:52 IST | PA Sport

Archery fans have been duped into buying fake tickets for the first London-based action of the Olympics.

Dozens of people turned up to the men’s archery ranking round at Lord’s cricket ground this morning to find out that their tickets were counterfeits.

The disappointed fans were denied entry to the event, which is traditionally held behind closed doors. A London 2012 spokeswoman confirmed that “a few” people arrived at the site this morning with fake tickets. It is understood that others believed the event was non-ticketed and that they could gain access free of charge.

Several people had queued from early in the morning in the hope of gaining access on a “first come, first served” basis and numbers peaked at around 50 by the time the archers had started shooting.  

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