Man spared jail after using dead man’s card to try and reach pavilion at Lord’s

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A businessman who used a dead man’s prized Lord’s Cricket Ground membership card in a “despicable” bid to gain access to the best seats at the venue has been spared jail but fined £10,000.

James Lattimer bought the card on eBay, giving him a “passport to a prestigious world” in which he had access to an exclusive members-only area of the world-famous ground.

Despite not actually being a member, the father-of-one was even sporting a Marylebone Cricket Club tie when he was stopped at the London venue last August.

The 51-year-old had put his photograph onto a card which belonged to a member who died in 2014.

He had bought a general ticket to enter the ground but carried the membership card to get into the exclusive pavilion.

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James Lattimer arrives at Westminster Magistrates’ Court (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Southwark Crown Court heard Lords membership is “very sought-after”.

It costs £1,000 to become a member, with a £600 annual fee thereafter, and there is a 29-year waiting list with 12,000 people on it, the court heard.

Sentencing Lattimer on Wednesday Judge Michael Grieve QC said: “The use of a deceased person’s identity for any purpose is despicable and likely to cause great distress to (their) relatives.”

He added: “The forged document was your passport to a prestigious world and the best seats in the ground.

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The Father Time wind vane above the Mound Stand clock at Lord’s, London (Mike Egerton/PA)

“You acquired the privilege people wait half a lifetime to acquire.”

Lattimer, of Green Road in Bournemouth, stood in the dock and did not react as he was handed a 10-month sentence, suspended for 18 months.

He was told he must pay a £10,000 fine as well as prosecution costs of £425, and carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

Suspending the sentence the judge acknowledged Lattimer, who runs a corporate cleaning company, had been “very publicly disgraced” over the offence, but added: “You have brought all of this on yourself.”

An MCC tie (Nigel French/AP)

He said Lattimer was not aware the card belonged to someone who had died and was remorseful for what he had done.

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