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Croydon's answer to Jackass - or just a Jackass?

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IS THIS man Croydon's answer to Jackass – or is he just a jackass?

He's the 'star' of a video which shows a couple causing traffic chaos by eating a takeaway in the middle of a busy street while sat on children's chairs at a tiny table.

The clip has been watched by more than 25,000 people since it was posted on the Advertiser's website last Friday.

We have since discovered that the man in the black baseball cap and jacket – seen hurling abuse at angry drivers – is actually a serial offender when it comes to inane stunts.

He goes by the name Ashley_Ikz1 on social networking website Keek, where users upload short video status updates via a webcam or mobile phone applications for Android or iPhone.

Last month Ashley, from Thornton Heath, posted a video of himself pulling the same traffic-stopping gag, this time talking on a mobile phone in the middle of London Road, Norbury, wearing only his underwear.

Again, long queues of traffic form in front of him, but he tells the drivers: "No one's not getting nowhere today."

Some of his other "pranks" – similar to those on US television series Jackass or performed by Trigger Happy TV comedian Dom Joly – involve pulling up to people in the street, asking for directions and then swearing at them.

In one video he asks a man how to get to Brixton and, before he can answer, Ashley tells him to "go eat ****" before driving off.

Other videos see the prankster taking part in impromptu "raves" in venues across Croydon, including restaurant Cosmo, supermarkets and a branch of Subway, as well as pretending to be a rastafarian called "Glenford".

In another clip he claims other people on Keek are "copying" his style, adding: "Be original, man. This is me and what I do. I like it anyway, I'm inspiring you out there."

This week, he gave out his mobile phone number online and claimed to have received 2,000 calls from fans.

In the video we highlighted last week, filmed at the exit to the roundabout in Whitehorse Road, Ashley is seen shouting at drivers who are beeping their horns as he eats at a table in the street.

When one car tries to swerve past the diners, he moves his chair to block the way and shouts: "I'm eating my food, bruv. What? I'm eating my food. ******* shut your mouth."

The camera then pans out and shows a bus at the head of a long queue of traffic.

The Advertiser contacted Ashley this week and though he initially seemed keen to explain his antics in an interview, we never heard back from him.

Warning - video contains offensive languageDid you see what happened or know those involved? Contact newsdesk@croydonadvertiser.co.uk

Croydon's answer to Jackass - or just a Jackass?


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