A STREET mugger who was given a community order last November is today beginning a jail term after a judge criticised the magistrates who passed sentence on him.

In September last year Aaron Jack subjected a 20-year-old woman to a terrifying early hours robbery in Huddersfield town centre after she asked him for some money to make a phone call.

Despite police efforts including the use of CCTV footage Jack was not questioned about that robbery until he was caught soon after carrying out a bag snatch from another lone female in the town two months later.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC was told today  that 23-year-old Jack, of Cliff Road, Holmfirth, was given a community order for the later theft, even though the magistrates were aware that he was also facing the more serious robbery matter.

At Bradford Crown Court yesterday Judge Durham Hall revoked the community sentence despite Jack's good progress on it and jailed him for two-and-a-half years for the robbery last September.