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Tuesday, 30 January, 2001, 17:33 GMT
Man fined over Trigger Happy stunt
Dom Joly at the BBC Two awards
Trigger Happy TV won a BBC Two award last year
Three fans of Channel 4's Trigger Happy TV staged a mock mugging in a post office to fool the public, a court has heard.

Staff and customers at the post office in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, thought they saw a postman being set upon by two teenagers in December.

Dom Joly
Joly in action
When police arrived, they believed they were dealing with an armed robbery - but later the threesome were charged with public order offences.

All three have pleaded guilty to the charges at Southend Magistrates Court, and 23-year-old Paul Booth, from nearby Westcliffe, was fined 100 by the court.

Two teenagers will be sentenced next month.

Outside the court, Mr Booth told reporters he was a fan of Trigger Happy TV and its host, Dom Joly.

The series, which made its debut on Channel 4 last year, features Joly conning celebrities and the public with surreal stunts - such as Joly bellowing into an outsized mobile phone, while walking past famous landmarks.

A new series is currently running on Channel 4's new digital service E4.

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