Teenager arrested on fraud charges over failure to provide Bestival tickets

Ben Hyland-Ward was arrested by Sussex Police

A teenager from Brighton has been arrested on suspicion of fraud following complaints about non-supply of Bestival tickets.

Eighteen year old Ben Hyland-Ward was arrested by Sussex Police on suspicion of fraud by false representation and released on bail. BBC News reports that police received over 60 complaints from music fans who paid Hyland-Ward for tickets to the 2015 Isle of Wight Festival but failed to receive anything in return.

It is believed that the tickets had been offered at a large discount. Hyland-Ward has been bailed until November 10. A spokesman for Bestival estimated as many as 300 tickets had been bought.

Hyland-Ward addressed people complaining about the tickets on September 9. Posting in the ‘Stresstival’ Facebook group, a group set up by concerned customers, he wrote: “I did not mean for this to happen, this is going to be fixed I swear to you, but none of you have any idea what my life is like now.”

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He went on to claim he had worked with Bestival organisers to create a “guestlist” for those who had paid him, a claim subsequently denied by a spokesperson for the festival.

The teen fled his home in Brighton and called police when a group of people surrounded the property where he was staying on the night of September 7.

Bestival took place this past weekend with headline sets from Duran Duran, The Chemical Brothers and Missy Elliott.

The Robin Hill Country Park festival had a “Summer of Love” theme for 2015. Mark Ronson, Skrillex, Four Tet, Tame Impala, Flying Lotus, Jurassic 5, Jamie xx, Gorgon City, Little Dragon, Future Islands and more all performed across the weekend.