Street robber jailed for nine years for targeting victims in Sheffield suburb

Joel Fletcher

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A street robber who snatched chains from around the necks of his victims has been jailed for nine years.

Joel Jan Fletcher, aged 21, of Burngreave Road, Burngreave,targeted his victims in Hillsborough between February and April this year.

He admitted three robberies in which jewellery worth £1,700 was stolen, as well as two burglaries.

DC John Bowerman, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “This is a great result and a testament to the officers involved in the case.

“These incidents were traumatic for the victims and many had sentimental items taken from them.

“On one occasion, Fletcher stole a chain from a victim as she walked home with her daughter, whose birthday it was that day.

“His actions have had a real impact on the victims’ lives and in some cases has affected their confidence to go out alone.

“However, I would like to reassure residents that spates of robberies like this are rare and since Fletcher’s arrest we have not seen any similar offences in the Hillsborough area.”