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Lowestoft man sentenced to six years after breaching Sexual Harm Prevention Order

A 66-year-old man from Lowestoft has been sentenced to six years in prison after breaching the terms of a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO)

Peter Ashford, of Wellington Esplanade in Lowestoft admitted five offences of breaching a SHPO and being in breach of a suspended sentence order.  He was sentenced to a total of six years in jail and was also made the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order when he appeared before Ipswich Magistrates Court today, 14 May 2019.

Officers began investigated potential breaches of a SHPO to which the defendant was subject, part of which prohibited Ashford from “loitering within 20 metres of playgrounds, parks or designated play areas where children under the age of 16 may be present.”

On 30 January 2019 a public protection officer observed Ashford 10 metres away the boundary fence of Gunton Primary School and he was subsequently arrested. Ashford was found to have breached the SHPO on a total of five occasions between September 2018 and January 2019.

Detective Constable Matthew Fox from Lowestoft CID said “This is a very positive sentence which will come as welcome news to local residents and the wider community . The public protection unit, proactive team and CID have worked expediently identifying the risk Ashford  posed to the public.  A clear and blatant disregard has been demonstrated by Ashford with regards to his indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order. This same order was put in place by the judicial system to protect the public from predators like Ashford. We are very satisfied with this sentence which I hope goes some way to  reassure the public of the police stance when it comes to subjects of such orders”.