Man held over stolen tickets

BY foxsports • April 5, 2011

A Royal Mail van carrying the Manchester City tickets was targeted in the city on Friday. On Monday police arrested a 39-year-old man on suspicion of theft. The arrest came after officers investigating the theft carried out three search warrants in the city. The man, who was not arrested at any of the addresses searched by police, has been bailed pending further inquiries A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said no tickets were recovered as a result of the warrants and added that inquiries were continuing. The thieves struck shortly before 7.50pm on Friday in Ashton New Road, Manchester, when two bags of special delivery mail were stolen from a Royal Mail van. It is feared the tickets for the upcoming derby clash against Manchester United on April 16 will be sold on the black market. A statement released by the club said: "Manchester City are working closely with Greater Manchester Police and Royal Mail in connection with the theft of Special Delivery mail items from a Royal Mail van on Friday. "A number of tickets for the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium were stolen. All supporters impacted by the theft will be contacted by the club in the coming days." The statement concludes: "Supporters are strongly advised not to purchase tickets from unofficial sources. "Only tickets purchased direct from the club will be valid for the game."

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