Hamilton men arrested in drug investigation

Two Hamilton men have been arrested in a drug investigation that’s currently underway at a home on New Street.The OPP began investigating the home this morning. New Street between King and Dundurn is currently closed off. Police say it is related to a suspected steroid lab at a home on the mountain that was busted last month.A man and woman were arrested in that case. Police say they are not letting anyone through the area at this time, and expect to be there for most of the day, but they have scaled back the operation.

Row over sale of Earl Spencers Royal Albert Hall charity concert tickets

first_imgFree tickets in Earl Spencer’s box at the Royal Albert Hall meant for a Paul Weller charity concert were being resold on a websiteCredit:Action Press/REX/Shutterstock UPDATE: Following this and other articles about the Royal Albert Hall published in December 2016 and January 2017, we published a correction hereThe brother of Diana, Princess of Wales is at the centre of accusations over an attempt to profit from the sale of tickets for a charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall.Two tickets for seats for a Teenage Cancer Trust concert by Paul Weller in a box owned by Earl Spencer were put on sale for £835.As the owner of a 12-seat box at the Royal Albert Hall, Earl Spencer would have received the tickets for free.Had the tickets been sold they would have earned the seller £600, with the remainder taken in fees by the website on which they were advertised.However, the tickets were taken off the Viagogo site after the Royal Albert Hall wa informed that they were being sold. Free tickets in Earl Spencer's box at the Royal Albert Hall meant for a Paul Weller charity concert were being resold on a website It follows a row over the Royal Albert Hall allowing debenture holders to sell on their allocation of tickets for events and concert for profit, thereby circumventing a ban on the reselling of tickets.Harvey Goldsmith, who is organising a series of concerts at the central London venue later this year by David Gilmour, said Royal Albert Hall’s behaviour was “morally reprehensible” and has urged the Charity Commission to take action.Mr Goldsmith feels strongly that the debenture holders should not be profiteering from the resale of their tickets at the expense of music fans.Earl Spencer, 52, has insisted he meant to give the pair of tickets for the Weller concert back to the Royal Albert Hall so they could be sold for charity.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He blamed “an aberration” by a member of staff who failed to understand this clear instruction”, adding that the employee was now facing a disciplinary investigation.The Earl insisted that all tickets for his box for charitable events are routinely returned to the venue so they can be resold for charity.His spokesman added: “He has also given tens of thousands of pounds of the proceeds of other ticket sales to registered charities, of his own volition. Furthermore he is a supporter of the Teenage Cancer Trust, and gave that charity a successful fundraising evening at his family home, Althorp, about 15 years ago.”Kate Collins, director of fundraising and marketing at the Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “Unless the Government introduces legislation to regulate the secondary ticketing market, there is nothing we can do to prevent the reselling of our tickets for profit.“Many Royal Albert Hall members donate their tickets back to us every year to help young people with cancer. We are grateful to those members.”Tickets in Earl Spencer’s box are also on sale for an Eric Clapton concert in May through another website, though this is not a charity event.They are worth £200 each but are being sold online for a total of £2,868 – seven times their face value.Earl Spencer’s spokesman said: “Seat such as Ear Spencer’s are entirely his freehold property to do with as he wishes.”Viagogo said its rules prevent people selling tickets for charity concerts which were originally free.last_img read more