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9 August 2014, 08:31 | Updated: 9 August 2014, 08:34
A 33 year old man has been jailed for six years after being found guilty of robbing two women in Ipswich.
Peter Green, who doesn't have a fixed address but was previously from the Ipswich area, appeared at Norwich Crown Court for trial in connection with the two robberies.
The court heard that on Friday 14 March 2014 as a 22-year-old woman was walking along Wherstead Road pushing a baby in a pushchair, Green came up behind her and tried to grab her handbag from off her shoulder. When he wasn’t able to get the bag he punched her in the face four times before making off with the bag.
The second robbery happened in Grove Lane three days later (Monday 17 March). Green followed a 19 year old woman who was on her own along Grove Lane for a while, grabbed her hair, punched her in the face and made off with her handbag.
Yesterday, Friday 8 August, at Norwich Crown Court the jury found Green guilty of both offences and the Judge sentenced him to six years in prison.
Speaking after sentencing Detective Sergeant Craig Brett from Ipswich CID said: "Green preyed on these two women during daylight hours. He assaulted both of them, one of which he followed for a period of time before coming up behind her, grabbing her hair and punching her in the face. As a result of this, the victim suffered swelling to her face and a concussion.
"The other victim he assaulted whilst she was pushing along her child in a buggy, and when she tried to hold onto her bag, he punched her numerous times. This resulted in the victim sustaining bruising to her face that was so severe it was painful for her to even speak to officers.
"These were terrifying ordeals for both women.
"I hope that this sentence shows these victims that Suffolk Police will not stand for incidents like this and offenders will be arrested and held accountable for their actions.”