A DELIGHTFULLY cute crime spree was inspired by the Playstation game Little Big Planet, a court has heard.
Teenager Wayne Hayes, 15, caused mayhem after playing the platform game set in an adorable miniature universe for 37 hours without a break.
Prosecuting barrister Denys Finch Hatton said: Hayes was first seen breaking into a builders yard with a woollen hat pulled over his face, where he fashioned a seven-metre skateboard from a sheet of chipboard and the wheels from a delivery van.
He proceeded to ride the giant skateboard down a hill and onto a dual carriageway, whilst jumping excitedly in the air.
With police in pursuit, Hayes entered a zoo, where he evaded capture by running up the neck of a giraffe, leaping into a tree full of monkeys and over a large crocodile, forcing officers to call off the chase for safety reasons.
The court heard that Hayes was later seen attempting to attach wooden wheels to a horse in a farmers field.
When challenged he fled into the grounds of a nearby castle, where he managed to avoid security staff and a number of amusing ghosts before attempting to climb the battlements.
Finch Hatton said: Hayes was repeatedly tasered by firearms officers, causing him to convulse in an endearing way before being taken to a secure psychiatric unit.
Sentencing Hayes to 18 months in a young offenders institute, judge Julian Cook said: I suggest that in future you choose less morally corrosive video games, such as Manhunt or Carmageddon.