YouTube prankster Ryan Taylor handed community order over Celebrity Big Brother break-in
A YouTube prankster has been given a community order for breaking into the Celebrity Big Brother house causing a security alert.
Ryan Taylor joined friend and fellow YouTuber Ally Law to sneak onto the TV set during a live eviction, the court heard.
It was the second time the pair had got into the studio area in a week. It sparked concerns among the homemates.
Taylor, of Bloxwich, was spotted on set by housemates, including dancer Wayne Sleep, who told the production crew: “Big Brother, there are people in the house.”
Taylor, who has more than 1.5m followers of his YouTube channel, previously hit the headlines after riding his BMX bike off a high platform into the swimming pool at Walsall's Gala Baths.
Chairman of the bench, Mr Stuart Jack, told the pair as he sentenced them: “We have found you intended to obstruct and disrupt the Big Brother production but didn’t intended to intimidate.”
He said they had disguised themselves to get in by wearing hi-viz jackets to pass themselves off as security staff.
On January 26 last year, security guards ran into the Big Brother garden to confront the pair only to find themselves being filmed as they screamed at Law, 22, to get out of the the house's swimming pool.
A woman guard had to jump in fully clothed to fish Law out of the water while metal security shutters came down over the windows of the Big Brother house
Both Law who is a qualified sky diver and his friend Taylor, 25, were then arrested by officers who had rushed to the Big Brother studio in Elstree, Herts fearing a terrorist incident was under way.
The court was told that for the year 2018 a total of £220,000 was paid into Taylor's bank account generated by his YouTube videos and a sponsorship deal.
He now pays himself a salary of £4,000 a month, magistrates heard.
The pair appeared at St Albans Magistrates' Court for sentencing on Tuesday.
They were found guilty on two charges of aggravated trespass following a trial last December.
Law, of Hepworth Close, Southampton, and Taylor, of Lichfield Road, were both ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order.
Both were also told they would have to pay compensation of £150 each to the two security staff who had helped detain them that night.
They both were told to pay £1,000 court costs and a £85 victim surcharge.
The pair had previously tried to break into the house on January 19 but were escorted from the site and no further action was taken.
Before they were sentenced today Mr Tom Wainwright for Law said: “It was not Mr Law’s intention to intimidate or cause any distress.”
For Taylor Mr Umar Shahzad said: ”He strongly expresses that he will not repeat similar offending in the future.”
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