A man who robbed a teenage girl of her mobile phone on a Lynn cycle path has today been jailed for five years.
Detectives have also praised members of the public who detained 25-year-old Jack Greenacre following the incident last month.
Greenacre, of De Grey Road, Gaywood, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court today, having pleaded guilty to charges of robbery and attempted robbery at an earlier hearing.
The robbery charge related to an incident on a cycle path between Edward Benefer Way and Gaywood Road on December 16, in which he robbed a teenage girl of her mobile phone.
Det Sgt Pete Jessop, of Lynn CID, said: “I am pleased with the sentence and think it entirely proportionate when considering the offences for which Greenacre pleaded guilty to.
“The people of Norfolk should be able to walk freely whilst going about their business without the fear of people, like Greenacre, who think they have a right to use violence on them and to steal.
“This sentence should serve as a clear message to those who wish to behave like this and for them to know that the justice system will come down hard on you as this sentence shows.”
Mr Jessop also thanked the members of the public who intervened and detained Greenacre near the Aldi store following the incident.
He added: “Without people like this our job would be a lot harder.”