Gravesend’s YouTube prankster Daniel Jarvis JAILED after ‘unfunny’ stunt causes ‘stampede’
PUBLISHED: 09:26 17 May 2016 | UPDATED: 09:26 17 May 2016
A group of men staged fake robberies at tourist hotspots
A group of men who staged fake robberies at two London galleries for an online prank have been jailed.
CCTV footage shows art lovers fleeing in terror from the National Portrait gallery after the five men burst in with their faces covered and began shouting and screaming on July 5 last year.
Among the group of men was 27-year-old Daniel Jarvis of Turner House, Whitehill Road, Gravesend.
After bursting in at around 3.30pm, the men left the gallery with framed artwork, which they had brought in as props for their video to make it seem as though they had robbed the 160-year-old building.
The group then did the same at the Tate Gallery later that afternoon.
Four of the five men were arrested on the day of the incident for public order offences and pleaded guilty to an offence under section four Public Order Act 1986 namely causing fear and provocation of violence.
Jarvis, was one of five men to be jailed on Monday in relation to the prank.
He was sentenced to 20 weeks for his role in the National Portrait Gallery and eight weeks for his involvement in the Tate Gallery offence.
Both sentences will run concurrently.
Det Con Anthony Parker, from the Met’s Public Order crime team, said: “The group terrified those visiting the galleries.
“It is only by pure chance that no one was injured or suffered serious health issues as they fled in what the judge described as a ‘stampede’.
“All five men now have a number of weeks in jail to consider just how unfunny their stunts actually were.
“To go into busy public places wearing masks shouting and screaming at a time of heightened awareness of the terrorism threat facing the UK is deplorable.”