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Ely sex offender James Loades jailed after deleting his internet browsing history despite order banning him




A convicted sex offender has been jailed after he deleted his internet browsing history despite an order banning him from erasing the data.

James Loades, of St Mary’s Street in Ely, was put on the sex offenders register and made subject to a decade long sexual harm prevention order in April when he was convicted of attempting to engage in sexual communications with a child.

The order, along with other conditions, bans Loads from deleting his internet search history.

James Loades, of St Mary's Street in Ely, has been jailed for breaking his sexual harm prevention order.
James Loades, of St Mary's Street in Ely, has been jailed for breaking his sexual harm prevention order.

But as part of a routine inspection on June 9, police looked through his phone and found a gap in his search history.

Officers suspected he had deleted it and sent it off to experts at Cambridgeshire Police’s digital forensic unit who confirmed their suspicions.

Loades, 30, later admitted breaching the sexual harm prevention order and suspended sentence.

He was handed one year and two months in prison at Peterborough Crown Court yesterday.

After the hearing Pc Lee Nutbeam said: “Loades knew full well the conditions imposed on him as part of the order, however, he chose to blatantly ignore them.

“I hope the sentence reassures the public of our commitment to keeping tabs on sex offenders and gives Loades time to re-think his actions in the future.”

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