YouTube pranksters jailed over hoaxes in London


After carrying out terrifying hoaxes in London, four members of Trollstation, a YouTube channel which performs pranks, have been jailed.

The group, which has more than 700,000 subscribers on YouTube, performed a fake kidnapping at Tate Britain in July last year, and then a fake robbery at the National Portrait Gallery later that same day.

One of the hoaxes even caused a stampede, with one woman fainting as a result of the stunt. The members were all arrested later that day, which was less than two weeks after the tragic IS terrorist attack in Tunisia.

Ebenezer Mensah, Endrit Ferizolli, Daniel Jarvis and Helder Gomes were all sentenced at the City of London Magistrate’s Court today. They all received four weeks in jail for the fake kidnapping, and then received terms ranging from 16 to 20 weeks over the fake robbery. The sentences will be run concurrently.

Robert Short, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “The hoaxes may have seemed harmless to them, but they caused genuine distress to a number of members of the public, who should be able to go about their daily business without being put in fear in this way.”

“We hope these convictions send a strong message that unlawful activities such as these will not be tolerated in London.”

In March, a fifth member of the YouTube group, Danh van Le, was sentenced to 12 weeks in jail over the hoaxes, as well as receiving 24 weeks for a separate bomb hoax.