Community order for Stevenage man who damaged Geoffrey the Giraffe at town’s Toys R Us

Stevenage Magistrates Court heard today that Benjamin Webb, of Shephall Way, had without lawful excu

Stevenage Magistrates Court heard today that Benjamin Webb, of Shephall Way, had without lawful excuse damaged Geoffrey the Giant Giraffe on March 29 while stealing video game items. - Credit: Archant

A Stevenage man has been handed a 12-month community sentence and must complete 180 hours of unpaid work after he damaged a giraffe mascot at the town’s Toys R Us store.

Stevenage Magistrates’ Court heard today that Benjamin Webb, of Shephall Way, had ‘without lawful excuse damaged Geoffrey the Giant Giraffe’ on March 29 while stealing video game items.

The 32-year-old also damaged an alarm barrier.

He was ordered to pay compensation of £34.99 to Toys R Us, as well as a victim surcharge of £60 and £85 in costs – £179.99 in all.

Webb was appearing at the court for the second time in just seven days – on Wednesday last week he was ordered to pay £225 after he admited stealing and then breaking a bottle of Jack Daniels at a Stevenage Asda.


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On that occasion he was fined £100 and ordered to pay £25 in compensation, a £20 victim surcharge and £80 in costs.

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