A ROBBER who preyed upon vulnerable women has been locked up for four-and-a-half years after a judge decided he posed a significant risk to Worcester people.

Shamryz Yousaf’s record of 12 convictions for 34 offences since 1997 revealed two attacks on women in Fort Royal park when he snatched handbags, said prosecutor Paul Whitfield.

He also forced a female friend to steal from her father by taking money which had been concealed in a wardrobe.

His arrest came on February 24 after he accosted two teenage students near his home in Victoria Avenue, off London Road, Worcester, and offered to walk them home.

The girls, aged 16 and 17, rejected his advances and he responded by grabbing a £200 phone from one of them and running off.

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