Imagine sitting in the member’s pavilion at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London and watching a cricket match on a beautiful English summer morning. That’s something which every cricket fans dreams of. But the exclusive experience is only available to member’s of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). And this experience comes for a price.
The membership at the Mecca of Cricket is quite expensive. It takes about GBP 1,000 (around INR 95,000) to become an eligible member of the club. On top of this, there is an additional cost annual fee of about GBP 600, which is roughly INR 57,000. Even if you have the money to get the membership under your belt, you still might not be able to get one. This is because there is a 29-year waiting list for membership, a list which includes 12,000 people on it.
With the hope of enjoying an event as a member of MCC, a highly ambitious man from Southern England tried to enter the premises with a fake ID Card. James Lattimer, a businessman from Bournemouth, used a deceased man’s old membership card to enter the Lord’s Cricket Ground on Wednesday.
Upon being caught, the man was presented at the Southwark Crown Court in South London. According to the British media, the 51-year old had bought an old card from eBay which belonged to a former member of the MCC. The member has died back in 2014. Lattimer pasted his photograph on the member card and tried to pull off this unthinkable.
Man slapped with a heavy fine but escapes jail
The man’s plan was quite simple though. He first bought a general pass to enter the stadium after which he used his fake member ID to enter the special pavilion of Lord’s, a stadium which more than 200 years old. Interestingly, Lattimer also wore the famous red and gold tie which is usually donned by the members of the club. It wasn’t long before the security at the stadium intervened and stopped him from entering. Lattimer ended up accepting his crime.
After being presented at the court, the businessman was heavily charged for his deed. The man who runs a corporate cleaning company was fined GBP 10,000 along with a prosecutional cost of GBP 425. He was also instructed by the judge to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work. Lattimer was fortunate enough to escape jail time as he was first handed out a 10-month sentence which was suspended for 18 months.
In his defence, Lattimer didn’t say much as the judge pointed out how disgraceful his act was. Jonas Milner, who was representing Lattimer, said it was the desperation of a cricket fan which got the off his client and led to such an act.
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