The man partly resposible for the birth of New Romanticism gets his come-uppance...

Steve Strange, lead singer with former New Romantic trailblazers VISAGE, was today given a suspended jail sentence for shoplifting.

Strange, real name Steve Harrington, had been arrested for the theft of a Tellytubby doll worth #10.99 from a shop in Bridgend, south Wales.

On his arrest, the singer was found to have been on a shoplifting spree. He admitted stealing the Tellytubby doll, a #25 cosmetics gift set from Boots in Bridgend and asked for another three offences to be taken into consideration. It also emerged that at the time of arrest he was on bail for the theft of a ladies jacket, worth #15, from a Marks and Spencer store in Cardiff.

Strange‘s solicitor, Mel Butler, told Bridgend Magistrates Court: “He has found it difficult to cope with falling from grace after being a man of considerable wealth in the Eighties.”

He also appealed for leniency claiming “there is a substantial risk of self-harm if he is sent to prison.”

In court Strange admitted to all the counts of theft. Magistrates sentenced him to a three month jail sentence, suspended for a year.

Strange had enjoyed success in the late seventies and early eighties. Emerging from London club ‘Billys’, the venue is largely credited with being the birthplace for the look and synth-pop sound of New Romantics, he formed Visage. Featuring Ultravox mainman Midge Ure and former Magazine bass player (laterly of the Bad Seeds) Barry Adamson, the group enjoyed a No. 2 hit in 1980 with ‘Fade To Grey. They split in 1982.

Strange is currently unemployed.