UK police charge 2 over Olympic ticket scalping



LONDON (AP) — British police say they have charged a German man and a Slovakian woman over alleged attempts to illegally resell tickets to London’s Olympic opening ceremony.

Wolfgang Menzel, 57 years old, and 30-year-old Maria Bukranova were charged Saturday after plain clothes officers carried out an operation against ticket scalpers on Friday night.

The two were arrested just hours before the ceremony began along with five others. Three men are being questioned by police, one woman has been released and another man has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Police arrested 11 men on Saturday over suspected ticket fraud — two have been bailed while inquiries continue, one has been freed and eight are being questioned.

Two people have also been arrested over the alleged theft of two Olympic lane passes.