Alleged tout threatened with prison 'for selling on Wimbledon tickets'

Alleged tout threatened with prison 'for selling on Wimbledon tickets'

Billie Faiers’ husband Greg Shepherd is named in court as ‘boss’ of alleged ticket tout network as man is threatened with prison ‘for selling on Wimbledon tickets on star’s behalf’

  • Luke McKay, 51, told a judge he would rather go to prison than ‘grass up’ his boss 
  • All England Club claims McKay was touting tickets on behalf of Greg Shepherd
  • Shepherd often appears on ITV show Sam and Billie Faiers: The Mummy Diaries
  • Judge gave McKay six-month prison sentence but suspended this for 14 days

Greg Shepherd and Billie Faiers at an ITV party at Nobu Shoreditch in London in July

An alleged ticket tout has been threatened with prison amid claims he sold on Wimbledon tennis tickets for Billie Faiers’s husband Greg Shepherd.

Luke McKay, 51, of Beckenham, Kent, told a judge he would rather go to prison than ‘grass up’ his boss – but only received a suspended sentence.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club had claimed ‘on good evidence’ that McKay was touting Wimbledon tickets on behalf of Shepherd, a court heard last week.

Shepherd often appears on ITV reality show Sam and Billie Faiers: The Mummy Diaries, with his wife Billie who made her name on The Only Way Is Essex.

The AELTC, based in South West London, obtained a court order which demanded McKay handed over details of past transactions and names of his business associates – but he refused to comply. 

Mr Justice Freedman gave him a six-month prison sentence but this was suspended for 14 days to give him the chance to comply with the order.

But McKay said during the civil proceedings: ‘I know I’m going to prison, I just have to face it. I can’t be known as a grass, your honour.’

Luke McKay was allegedly selling on tickets for the Wimbledon Championships (file picture)

The AELTC carried out a sting in which its agents posed as interested ticket buyers. It claims McKay sold them tickets and told how he was doing so on Shepherd’s behalf.

According to The Guardian, Mr Justice Freedman said: ‘There was a reference to someone called Greg Shepherd, who the claimant believed on good evidence has been involved in ticket touting along with the defendant. 

‘There is some suggestion he may have been the defendant’s boss. He [McKay] has made it clear he is unwilling to comply because he says he is not willing to identify a third party involved in ticket touting. I apprehend that to be Mr Shepherd.’

‘He says he would rather go to prison than be a grass. That’s his choice.’ 

Tennis fans queue to get into the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon in July 2015

MailOnline has contacted a representative for Faiers and Shepherd this morning.

An AELTC spokesman said: ‘The AELTC has, for many years, monitored the secondary ticket market and, where necessary, undertakes test purchases from suspected ticket touts with a view to obtaining court orders to stop those touts from continuing their infringing activities.’

‘The primary aim is to ensure that those court orders are complied with and anyone who deliberately flouts an order is potentially committing a contempt of court and if they do so the AELTC will bring those breaches to the attention of the court through committal proceedings.

‘The punishment for contempt of court is a matter for the courts and public policy.’ 

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