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Court hears of dinosaur park prank

PUBLISHED: 14:13 29 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:37 07 July 2010

A gang broke into a Norfolk dinosaur park, played on the attractions and stole £100 of sweets in a "stupid" late-night drunken prank, a court heard.

The five defendants broke into the Dinosaur Adventure Park near Weston Longville on September 10 last year - and two of them enjoyed it so much they went back a week later and raided it again.

A gang broke into a Norfolk dinosaur park, played on the attractions and stole £100 of sweets in a "stupid" late-night drunken prank, a court heard.

The five defendants broke into the Dinosaur Adventure Park near Weston Longville on September 10 last year - and two of them enjoyed it so much they went back a week later and raided it again.

They were spared custody when they appeared before Norwich magistrates.

Prosecutor Lisa Britton said: "They broke into the Ice Age treat hut and stole sweets, fizzy drinks and other confectionary to the value of £100. Some of these items were later found strewn around the park in plastic bags.

"They also damaged the hut as they broke in and some of the dinosaurs had been moved out of place."

Wayne Gray, 26, of Catton Grove Road, Norwich, and Paul Sillis, 18, of Berners Close, Norwich, both admitted two counts of theft after they returned to the park and carried out the same offence.

Richard Harvey, 22, of Julian Road, Spixworth; Jody Newton, 25, of St Leonard's Road, Norwich; and Kirsty Gray, 20, of West Acre Drive, Norwich, each admitted one count of theft.

The court heard that none had been in serious trouble before. In mitigation, James Burrows said their behaviour had been "stupid" but not malicious and amounted to "tomfoolery".

He added: "It seemed like a good idea and was fun at the time but it has led to these five young people appearing before the court on some quite serious charges."

Magistrate John Nicholls said that the cases of Wayne Gray and Sillis were aggravated by the fact they returned and repeated their crime.

Wayne Gray and Sillis were sentenced to 180 hours' unpaid work for the community with £105 in compensation and costs. Harvey and Norton were sentenced to 120 hours' unpaid work with £75 compensation and costs. Kirsty Gray was given a 12-month conditional discharge with compensation and costs of £75.

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