A THUG has been jailed for three years and three months for robbing and stealing from prostitutes in Doncaster’s red light district.
Marius Dambrauskas, aged 26, of Sandringham Road, Intake, committed his first robbery last September when he approached a 32-year-old woman who was working as a prostitute on Thorne Road.
The pair walked to Town Fields and he gave her £40 - but immediately afterwards grabbed the woman by the throat, kicked and punched her, and took the cash back before running away.
The second theft occurred on October 14 at around 1.45am, on nearby Kings Road, where he approached a 33-year-old woman who was working as a prostitute.
He grabbed the woman by the hair and stole £35 from her before fleeing the scene.
Both women reported the incidents to the police who acted swiftly on the information provided and arrested the man.
Dambrauskas pleaded guilty to the offences at Sheffield Crown Court, and afterwards Det Con Scott Barley said: “Dambrauskas believed he could take what he wanted and there would be no consequences.
“I hope this sends out a clear message this is not the case, and it will not be tolerated.
“I would always encourage people to report any offence to the police.
“We are committed to investigating and detecting all crime, to ensure the people of Doncaster are protected and to make the town a safer place for everyone.”
In recent weeks, vice patrols in Doncaster’s red light district have been stepped up after a rise in the number of reports about problems in the area.
Residents have complained that the problem of sex workers loitering in the streets around Town Moor and Thorne Road has resurfaced.
Following public meetings, South Yorkshire Police’s Urban Safer Neighbourhood Team has now made the issue its local priority.
Officers have carried out a leaflet-drop in the area to reassure residents and, so far this year, 50 cautions have been issued to people committing loitering offences.
There have also been nine arrests, some for kerb crawling.
On one night last month, officers found 10 girls working on the streets and seven the following evening.