Safer Merton — a partnership including Merton Council and the police – is cracking down on touts illegally selling tickets during the Wimbledon tennis championships, which start on 23 June.
The team has consulted local businesses and is working with police and the council in Wandsworth to introduce a dispersal zone around the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Anyone found illegally selling tickets inside the zone could be banned from the area for up to 24 hours. If they are again caught touting tickets in the zone during the championships they could be arrested.
Both the council and the police believe that the dispersal powers will give officers an extra tool to help them deal with the touts.
Merton Council’s cabinet member for community safety and engagement Councillor Tariq Ahmad said: “By introducing a dispersal zone we have given ourselves an extra opportunity to stop the ticket touts. But we also are working with the police to ensure that there are officers and neighbourhood wardens out on the streets putting our residents’ and visitors’ needs first and ensuring Wimbledon provides a safe and enjoyable environment for everybody during the tennis championships.”