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YouTuber Ryan Taylor will no longer face trial for stealing tea

Bloxwich | Crime | Published:

A Black Country YouTube prankster will no longer face trial for stealing cups of tea after a judge refused to give them "the oxygen of publicity".

Ryan Taylor, from Bloxwich, has more than 1.8 million YouTube subscribers

Ryan Taylor, age 26 and from Bloxwich, and Ally Law, 22 and from Southampton, were due to go on trial this week after being charged with burgling the Snozone in Milton Keynes, where they were filming an overnight prank without permission.

The trial was planned after both men pleaded not guilty to "stealing hot beverages of an value unknown" during a non-domestic burglary at the venue on the night of November 6 to 7 in 2017.

However a judge today said the trial would not be a good use of court time after the pranksters admitted a lesser charge of abstracting electricity from the venue.

Taylor, Law and two others who have not been caught were in the Snozone, which is part of the Xscape complex, after it had shut and filmed themselves going up and down the slopes, using the ski lift and riding a BMW bike.

Ally Law is aged 22 and from Southampton

The defendants were said to have been let into the venue by somebody who had gone inside while it was still open and hidden before opening a fire escape.

Before a jury was called at Aylesbury Crown Court, Judge Catherine Tulk said: "I just don't think this is the correct forum to give these young men the oxygen of publicity for their stunts, challenges and juvenile behaviour.

"It is not a good use of the crown court time of three barristers, a judge and 12 members of the jury just so it can go on YouTube."

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'Shot across the bows'

Prosecutor Michael Tanney accepted their not guilty pleas and asked for the charges to be left on file.

Mr Tanney said the charges had been carefully considered and were a "shot across the bows" of the defendants.

For Ryan Taylor, Phoebe Bragg said he had not been involved in stunts since January last year. She said he was involved in work with the police and councils in a BMX charity called: "Bikes Up, Knives Down."

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Defence for Ally Law, Michael House said: "These overnight challenges were trespassing and putting on an act, filming it and uploading it to YouTube. Hundreds of thousands watched it."

Judge Tulk, who ordered the men to complete 40 more hours unpaid work and pay £85 prosecution costs, told them: "You behaved in a way you accept was puerile. I hope you have grown up."

In February both men were ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order after twice breaking into Channel 5's Big Brother house. They were also ordered to pay costs and compensation totalling £1,235.

On that occasion they had disguised themselves as security staff in hi-vis jackets in January 2018 to get into the house where celebrities including Wayne Sleep, Amanda Barrie, Ashley James, Dapper Laughs, Jess Impiazzi, Jonny Mitchell, Ginuwine and John Barnes were being filmed.

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.

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