Ipswich – Man issued with Sexual Risk Order

A 57-year-old man from Ipswich has been issued with a Sexual Risk Order (SRO) following an investigation by Suffolk Police.

The civil order, which was granted by magistrates, is the first of its kind to be made in the county under the new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022.

The application was made following an investigation by detectives. No criminal charges were laid. However, a decision was taken to apply for a SRO.

Gavin Bultitude appeared before Ipswich Magistrates Court on Wednesday 2 August, where he was made subject to a SRO for five years. This will be overseen by the constabulary’s Public Protection Unit.

Under the order there are restrictions on his use of the internet and computer software, as well as contact with children. 

Suffolk Police will look to routinely utilise the provision of SROs in cases where the evidential threshold is not met to achieve the criminal prosecution of offenders, ensuring that all the powers at the disposal of officers are being used to safeguard members of the public.