Woman attacked as she walked home from a night out in Lancashire

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A thug who mugged a lone woman as she walked home from a night out has been jailed for two years.

Martyn Woods, of Southport Road, Chorley, was jailed by a judge at Preston Crown Court after pleading guilty to robbery.

The victim, Shannon Vosper, 18, was on Duke Street, Chorley, on September 6 when the 23-year-old sneaked up behind her, pushed her over, and then snatched her handbag. She was due to start her nursing course at Liverpool John Moores University the following day.

Today the student said: “He deserves his sentence - if he needed money there are ways to get help, he did not have to do this.

“I had seen him earlier in the evening as I walked home, he asked if I was ‘all right’. I just replied yes and walked on.

“He walked ahead of me, and I thought he looked dodgy so I crossed the road. He appeared to walk past my street so I thought he had gone, but when I got halfway down I heard footsteps and saw his shadow. The next minute I was on the ground and he had snatched my bag.”

DC Dom Webster said: “I hope that this case sends a warning to criminals that robbery is a crime which is treated seriously by both the police and the courts. Woods followed and attacked a young woman as she walked home alone during the early hours of the morning. She was due to start university the next day and has been left terrified by the ordeal. I hope that today’s sentence brings some closure for her.

“We recognise that robberies have a significant impact on victims and we will continue to focus our activities on those people who commit such crimes so that we can bring them to justice.”