An Australian has been jailed in Singapore alongside a Brit and two New Zealanders for using forged concert passes at an Ed Sheeran concert.

Paul Cosgrove, 56, who was sentenced to four weeks in prison on Wednesday, admitted to abetting British citizen Martin Keane, 60, in a conspiracy to use a fake “all area access family and guests” pass at the sold-out concert in November, reported The Straits Times.  

Mr Keane received a similar sentence last month. A case related to using a different type of forged pass is pending against a second Brit, Luke McKay, 49.

Prosecutors said Mr Cosgrove and Mr Keane used the tickets to make more than £1,100 from fans.

During the court case it was revealed that Mr Cosgrove supplied Mr Keane with forged family and guests tickets to get into the Singapore Indoor Stadium, which the Brit then used to take four people to the concert on two separate occasions.

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He was detained by security staff when he tried to take another three people in. Mr Cosgrove was then arrested at an immigration checkpoint on November 22 while trying to leave the city state.

His lawyer said that he was remorseful, understanding the gravity of the offences. The father of two could have been jailed for up to four years.

Mr Keane, along with New Zealanders Scott Penk, 34 and Michael Hardgrave, 30, were jailed for four weeks on November 28.

Singer Ed Sheeran has previously spoken out against touts ripping off fans by reselling tickets at inflated prices. In February tickets for a charity concert for the Teenage Cancer Trust were being offered on one resale site for up to £5,000, reported the BBC.

Mr Sheeran now plans to enforce stricter rules at his 2018 gigs to combat the problem. Fans attending his seven UK concerts next year will be required to present four forms of verification, including their tickets, booking confirmation, credit card and a valid form of ID.


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