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Police zero in on Oasis touts

A "zero tolerance zone" will be set up to trap ticket touts who try to target fans at three Oasis concerts, police warned yesterday. Sergeant Dick Sutton, who is leading policing of the concerts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Earls Court in London, said he wanted to deter fans from turning up in the hope of buying black market tickets.

He said the tout "exclusion zone" will be enforced in and around Earls Court Underground station. "We are expecting 20,000 fans at each concert.

"Crowd control is a concern and we want to send the message to people who haven't got a ticket that there is no point turning up. We will be arresting ticket touts before each concert under a British Rail bye-law."

They would be held until after the concert and released after a caution. "They face losing money by not being able to sell the tickets," Sgt Sutton said.