Brighton teen bailed as number of complaints in Bestival fraud case soars

Posted On 17 Sep 2015 at 3:19 pm

A teenager has been bailed for two months while police investigate the soaring number of complaints of fraud involving the promise of tickets for a music festival.

And Sussex Police urged any more victims to come forward.

The force said: “Police are asking victims of a fraud in relation to the sale of the Isle of Wight Bestival event tickets to contact them.

Ben Hyland-Ward

Ben Hyland-Ward

“The matter came to light a few days before the Bestival event on the Isle of Wight was due to start on Thursday (10 September) when a number of people from Brighton reported that they had paid for tickets but had not received them.

“So far, more than 150 complaints have been received by Sussex Police.

“An 18-year-old man from Brighton has been arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation by police investigating complaints about non-supply of paid for music festival tickets.

“The man has been questioned and bailed to return on (Tuesday) 10 November.”

In response to a public Facebook group called Stresstival, Ben Hyland-Ward left a post on Tuesday 8 September.

It said: “I am working with the police to sort this out. In the next few days a way to refund everyone will be worked out and I will private message all of you individually to sort this out.

“I would like to give a huge apology to everyone as well. I am not asking for sympathy but it has been a horrible 24 hours and I have had some full death threats and I am in real danger.

“Everybody will be sorted out and refunded completely. This is a horrid situation and not one I would ever want to be in ever again.

“Joe Walker isn’t involved as he was only selling them for me as a favour so please just message me directly.

“I will try to sort everyone out as soon as possible. I wanted to get in touch with everyone last night but I had too much going on and had no chance to do so.”

Sussex Police is asking victims to fill out an online report. For details, click here.

Victims can also phone Sussex Police on 101 or email

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