Woman who sold friends fake Disneyland Paris tickets spared jail

Mum-of-three scammed four people into handing over hundreds of pounds

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A woman from south-east London who sold her friends fake Disneyland Paris tickets has been spared jail.

Ellie Catchesides, 28, from Eltham, scammed four friends with the bogus tickets she offered on Facebook.

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The Mirror reports that she took £950 from one of her pals, Jade Miller, and friend Rebecca Tomlin paid £550 for the tickets.

Ms Miller set up a JustGiving page for the victims of the fraud after realising she had been conned.

She said: "On one occasion a family turned up on the day ready to travel to Disneyland with children in tow to discover the heart-breaking truth."

The Sun reports that Catchesides admitted four counts of fraud at Woolwich Crown Court.

She was sentenced to 140 hours of unpaid work.

Judge Andrew Lees told her: "You sold fake trips to people who no doubt work hard and were hoping they had a chance to go on holiday that might be enjoyable for them and their family.

He branded her crime "mean" and "dishonest".