Norfolk

Snow footprints lead police to Norwich robber

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Media captionMargiris Jogela, 22, was jailed for two years and eight months

A robber has been jailed after police tracked him down by following his footprints in the snow.

Margiris Jogela, 22, of no fixed abode, was jailed for two years and eight months after police found him following an attack on a student in Norwich.

Officers followed footprints from the crime scene on Pottergate to Anglia Square and he was caught nearby.

Jogela, from Lithuania, pleaded guilty to robbery at Norwich Crown Court after the attack at 04:15 GMT on 18 January.

Image caption The student was punched and fell to the floor after a night out

A second suspect, who assisted in the robbery of a phone and wallet, has not been found.

Police said the 19-year-old student was punched in the face and fell to the floor as he was unlocking his bike. The men then rifled through his pockets.

The city's senior police officer, Supt Paul Sanford, said: "Officers followed the footprints for about half an hour and the snow was deep enough to leave a copy of the tread, which we were able to match up with the suspect's footwear after he was arrested.

"Ironically, while heavy snow had caused problems for many people, it was significant in helping us catch this dangerous individual who has now been taken off the city's streets."

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