A MAN will spend a fortnight in jail after breaking an order which was put in place to protect a woman in Braintree.

Philip Claydon, of no fixed address, was handed a 28 day domestic violence protection order on Monday, January 7, after concerns were raised about his behaviour.

It was used to help a woman and means he is banned from contacting or harassing her and can't go with 100 metres of addresses associated to her.

However, on Sunday, January 13, officers arrested the unemployed 51 year old for breaching the order.

He appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on Monday and was jailed for 14 days - the order will still be in place when he leaves jail.

Inspector Frazer Low, of Chelmsford’s Domestic Abuse Team, said: "Domestic violence protection orders are very useful tools that give us immediate powers to help safeguard victims from people like Claydon.

"There are cases where we have to release people from custody because there isn’t sufficient evidence at that point to charge them with any offences.

"While we continue our investigations, we can use DVPOs to help restrict their movements and behaviour, to protect victims.

"We have seen in the past how perpetrators can go to their victims address within hours of being released in custody.

"This will not be tolerated and this case shows how when anyone breaches a DVPO, we will do everything we can to arrest them and put them before the courts."

Anyone with information about domestic abuse is asked to call 101 or, if it's an emergency, 999.

Visit essex.police.uk/advice/domestic-abuse/protection-orders/.