A man who went on a violent spree of robberies, targeting 10 different women, has been jailed.
Over the space of six months, Traval Fagan committed a string of robberies on two cycle paths known locally as the ‘Fallowfield Loop’ and ‘Yellow Brick Road’, threatening several women.
Traval Fagan (born 19/01/1992), of Caythorpe Street, Moss Side, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of robbery at an earlier hearing and a further 16 counts were ordered to lie on file.
Today, 9 January 2015, he was sentenced to six years and four months in prison at Manchester Crown Court.
Between September 2013 and January 2014, Fagan targeted a number of women – who were mostly teenagers – who were walking alone along the two cycle paths. Fagan would confront them while on his bicycle and then either threaten them, or in some cases, physically attack them by grabbing them around the throat and punching them in the face.
He then stole personal items including handbags, money and mobile phones.
Forensic evidence led officers to Fagan’s door and was then arrested and charged.
Detective Constable Martin Riley said: “Fagan is a persistent, dangerous criminal who showed no signs of stopping his reign of terror against these young women.
“All of his victims were women and many of them teenagers who were vulnerable and as a result, have suffered tremendously at his hands. Not only was he intimidating but he was also prepared to use high levels of violence just to get his hands on some cash.
“He is quite clearly a career criminal and the streets of this community are a far safer place now he is behind bars.
“Greater Manchester Police will support anyone who is a victim of this sort of horrendous crime. If you have been physically or verbally threatened by a thief, then please call us and we will do all we can to find the criminal. With more forensic opportunities than ever and better quality CCTV, we have a number of lines of inquiry we can pursue so please if you are a victim then call us.”