THE issue of concert ticket sales and resales has long been a controversial one.

With surging demand to see popular acts, tickets often sell out within minutes of going on sale.

They are not cheap in the first instance but within minutes of a concert being sold out, tickets are available on resale sites at hugely inflated prices, with desperate fans left with little choice than to pay if they want to see their favourite acts.

One of the thing that makes the tickets so valuable is laws that prevent buyers getting refunds from the concert organisers. This means there is little or no chance of tickets being returned and offered for resale at the original price.

It is these practices that are distressing a mother and daughter from Bolton who were among the thousands of fans left mentally scarred by the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017.

Alison Manzi and her daughter, Hollyann, have not been to another concert since the attack and Ms Manzi has not yet returned to Manchester since 22 people lost their lives in the attack. They had tried to go to the Little Mix concert at The Macron last year but were the victims of fraudsters and were left with fake tickets.

They are understandably concerned that demand for Ariana Grande’s Manchester concert will be huge and they will not be able to get the closure they need because they will be unable to get tickets.