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Northern Ireland’s Olympic ticket tout fear

Northern Ireland could become a haven for organised criminals touting Olympic tickets if its laws are not brought into line with the rest of the UK, MLAs have been warned.

The UK Government has urged Stormont to follow measures in Britain and increase the maximum penalty for touting London 2012 tickets from £5,000 to £20,000. Senior officials told the Assembly's justice committee that there was evidence that organised crime gangs were “lining up” to get involved in the black market trade ahead of the Games.

Gareth Johnston, from Stormont's Department of Justice, said there were fears that criminals would move to Northern Ireland to do business.

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