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A man has been sentenced to nine months imprisonment after stealing from female students in Lancaster.

At an earlier hearing, Alfred Efosa, 21, of Church Street, had pleaded guilty to one robbery and to five charges of theft.

This relates to a number of incidents at Toast nightclub on North Road and on Pitt Street, in November 2012. All six of Efosa’s victims were female students.

Five of them had the contents of their handbags and purses taken along with mobile phones. The sixth victim was subjected to a robbery near to the nightclub. Efosa was sentenced on March 15 at Preston Crown Court.

Speaking after the sentencing, DC Hardwick said: “These women were enjoying a night out when this happened and may have been less aware of the risks than they may normally be which unfortunately is often when thieves strike.

“It was due to the vigilance of doorstaff and the prompt action of response officers that Efosa was caught and the majority of the property recovered and returned to the owners.

“I would urge all students, especially while on a night out, to ensure keep your bag, phones and other belongings with you.

“Being a victim of theft or robbery can be extremely distressing and we want students in Lancaster to enjoy their nights out rather than ending the night with a call in to the police.”

“We are pleased with the sentence and female students can feel a little safer knowing Alfred Efosa is locked up.

“But unfortunately there are many more people out there like him.”

Visit www.lancashire.police.uk for safety advice.