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Thursday, 6 April, 2000, 11:35 GMT 12:35 UK
Ex-pop star steals Teletubby
Steve Strange
Steve Strange enjoyed pop success in the Eighties
Eighties pop star Steve Strange has been given a suspended jail sentence after being caught shoplifting.

Strange - lead singer of pop band Visage - was arrested after stealing a 10.99 Teletubbies doll in Bridgend, south Wales.

Police then discovered Strange, 40, had been on a shoplifting spree stealing cosmetics and clothes from High Street stores.

Magistrates at Bridgend heard that Strange - who had a top ten hit with Fade to Grey in the Eighties - turned to crime after his fortunes took a downturn.


Steve Strange
Steve Strange was lead singer of pop band Visage
His solicitor Mel Butler said: "He has found it difficult to cope with falling from grace after being a man of considerable wealth in the Eighties."

Strange, who is unemployed, appeared in court under his real name of Steve Harrington.

Prosecutor David Leathley said: "The other offences were discovered after Strange was taken for questioning."

Strange admitted stealing a 25 cosmetics gift set from Boots in Bridgend and he asked for three other offences to be taken into consideration.

'Myriad of problems'

He was already on bail for stealing a 15 ladies' jacket from Marks and Spencer in Cardiff when he was arrested.

Mr Butler, defending, said Strange was a man suffering from a "myriad of problems".

He appealed for magistrates not to send Strange to prison, saying there was a risk he might try to kill himself.

He said: "There is a substantial risk of self-harm if he is sent to prison."

'Persistent thief'

Strange, of Porthcawl, south Wales, admitted theft.

He was jailed for three months but magistrates suspended the prison sentence for a year.

Chairman Fred Bevan said: "You are a persistent thief and committed five offences in one day.

"But we feel we can suspend the prison sentence to give you the opportunity to take advantage of a probation order."

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