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The man who robbed two Nottingham students has been jailed

A robber who targeted two Nottingham students as they walked home has been jailed.

Mathew Lunt, 37, targeted the two youths as they walked along Arthur Street, Nottingham, shortly after 6.45pm on November 23 last year.

Lunt, who was homeless at the time of the incident, told the victims he was carrying a knife in his waistband.

After walking calmly to a nearby ATM, he received £20 in cash.

Lunt, already a convicted robber, was identified by detectives after using an almost identical method in previous crimes.

He eventually pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday (May 23).

Appearing via video link from HMP Nottingham, Lunt was jailed for three years and eight months.

Detective Constable Hannah Wilson, from Nottinghamshire Police, said:

“It was an extremely frightening experience for the two victims who strongly believed that Lunt had a knife in his possession and that he would turn on them if they did not do as he said.

“Ultimately, the amount of money involved in this case is small, but the impact Lunt’s actions had on these young people was anything but.

“What made this case worse was that Lunt had previously committed an almost identical crime.

“I am pleased that it has now been closed and hope that this outcome will at least provide some comfort to the victims.”

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