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Man sold stolen T in the Park 'access all areas' passes

John Gill Image copyright Perthshire Picture Agency
Image caption John Gill claimed he bought the passes from a person wearing a security T-shirt

A man who sold stolen staff wristbands at last year's T in the Park claimed he bought them from a person wearing a security T-shirt, a court heard.

John Gill was caught with the staff passes, which allow wearers access to the festival's backstage area.

Perth Sheriff Court was told the wristbands were stolen at the festival and Gill was seen by police selling one to a member of the public.

Gill handed officers a further eight wristbands and cash when arrested.

The 41-year-old, of Rice Lane, Liverpool, admitted the reset of T in the Park wristbands during the festival at Strathallan Estate on 12 July.

Fiscal depute Carol Whyte said: "A quantity of wristbands were stolen from T in the Park between 8 and 10 July 2015.

"On 12 July the police saw Gill sell a wristband to a member of the public.

"They were intended for staff so they were a different colour to the ones which could be bought. The accused told them he was just selling them on.

"He handed over a further eight wristbands and £490 cash."

Access all areas

Pauline Cullerton, defending, said: "He purchased the wristbands from a person with a security T-shirt on. They were access all areas wristbands for staff members."

She said Gill sold one of the tickets for £60 and claimed he had taken the cash with him for the weekend.

Deferring sentence for reports, Sheriff William Wood said: "Looking at his record, he has made a career of selling tickets to which he was not entitled, along with other offences of dishonesty."

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