POSTIES AXED IN RADIO1 BIG GIG TICKETS PROBE; Two in mail theft claim.
TWO posties have been suspended after allegedly nicking tickets for Radio 1's Big Weekend pop festival.
Royal Mail bosses said they found the pair, a man and a woman, with 12 of the "gold-dust" briefs.
The posties, who work in the Dundee east delivery office, face criminal charges and the axe if the claims are proven.
A Mail spokeswoman said security staff moved in after a tip-off by a disgruntled member of the public.
She said: "Following a very specific complaint, two members of staff have been suspended from their posts.
"They are suspected of tampering with and failing to deliver a small number of tickets for the BigWeekend event."
The spokeswoman added: "Delaying or tampering with mail is a criminal offence and Royal Mail can and will report the findings of its investigation directly to the procurator fiscal."
She said that the tickets would now be delivered by senior managers before the Dundee show.
More than 300,000 applied for just 30,000 of the Radio 1 briefs.
The BBC organised a ballot and sent out the sought-after tickets without notifying the winners. The decision left the system open to abuse as the tickets were untraceable.
Last weekend, websites were awash with rumours some posties were cashing in by stealing the tickets and selling them.
But on Monday, mail chiefs denied the "slanderous" internet rumours.
They claimed that, as the envelopes holding the tickets were unmarked, it was impossible for their staff to identify them.
Earlier this week, we revealed how touts were trying to sell backstage passes to the free music event.
The tickets, which attracted bids of pounds 7600 on internet auction site eBay, were invalidated by the event organisers and the seller was told to remove them from the site.
Regular tickets which were sent out to ballot winners on Tuesday have already fetched prices of more than pounds 100 on eBay.
Scots DJ Edith Bowman will co-host the two-day event, which starts tomorrow.
Primal Scream, Snow Patrol, Keane, Pink, Sugababes, The Streets, Dirty Pretty Things and Gnarls Barkley are among the line-up at Camperdown Park.
Police warned those without passes not to turn up at the event.
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