We’ve been keeping our beady little eyes on Trollstation over the past couple of months, from their warnings from the Police, to that time they went to an Anti-Domestic Violence rally and bottled a woman in order to get a reaction from the crowd. So far, one member of the terrible pranking team has been jailed following a bomb hoax back in March, but now he will be joined by the remaining four members of the squad as they face an even longer prison sentence – for fake robberies and kidnappings in both the Tate Britain and the National Portrait Gallery.
The fake robbery prank, which took place in July 2015, sees four members of Trollstation swarm into the hugely populated museum and supposedly steal artwork from the walls whilst screaming abuse at terrified pedestrians. Even though the team pride themselves on pulling pranks around the city of London, they’ve encountered multiples strikes from Police across their career and now they’ve finally crossed a line it appears. You can see this video below.
The four members (Daniel Jarvis, 23; Helder Gomes, 23; Endrit Ferzolli, 20; Ebenezer Mensah, 29) all pleaded guilty to two counts of using threatening and abusive language/behaviour with the intent to cause terror and provoke unlawful violence based on their part with the fake robberies and kidnappings. For the Tate Britain prank each member will be jailed for eight weeks, whereas the National Portrait Gallery stunt will put them behind bars for 16-20 weeks according to their level of involvement.
Robert Snow, from the Crown Prosecution Service, had this to say about Trollstation; “The hoaxes may have seemed harmless to them, but they causes 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 response, an anonymous member of the group points out that their “aim was never to get away with breaking a law”, however if their group was to continue on YouTube they would need to seriously “re-evaluate” their approach to content.
Above is another one of their infamous kidnapping videos, however it’s not the situation which got the team behind bars – unfortunately this footage cannot be found.