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Man jailed for second breach of criminal behaviour order

A man has today been jailed for breaching a criminal behaviour order for the second time in five weeks.

John Watson, 31, of no fixed abode, was given the three-year order by a court in January.

John Watson to appear before Norwich Magistrates Court today
John Watson to appear before Norwich Magistrates Court today

The order barred him from entering the Breckland policing district and specific locations in Swaffham

But, having already been fined for breaching it once, police earlier revealed that he had been arrested yesterday for a second breach.

He has now been jailed for eight weeks, following a hearing before magistrates in Norwich.

Following the hearing, Inspector Jon Papworth, of Norfolk Police, said: "These orders give us the opportunity to support offenders while preventing further offences being committed.

"It also acts as a way for us to provide reassurance to the public that we will deal with persistent law breakers.

"It is disappointing that Watson has breached the order for a second time.

"I hope this shows the public we will take positive action.”

Watson was one of two men arrested during the operation, intended to disrupt criminals using the road network, yesterday. Police said the other man had been detained on suspicion of drug-driving.

A total of 41 other drivers were given Traffic Offence Reports for such as speeding, driving while using a mobile phone and driving without a seatbelt.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the Roads Armed Policing Team (RAPT), said the action days would continue.

He said: “These operations are valuable in bringing together skilled resources such as roads policing, ANPR and intelligence, to disrupt criminal activity.

“Using a combination of resources and having officers based on primary routes around the area gives us the best opportunity of catching criminals and these operations will continue across the county.”

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