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Sudbury man Adam Mayes pleads guilty to breaching Violent Offender Order at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court

A Suffolk man who was issued a rare court order has admitted to being in breach of it – just months after it was handed to him.

At Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court yesterday, 30-year-old Adam Mayes, of Valley View, Stanstead, near Sudbury, admitted to breaching a Violent Offender Order (VOO).

The order – which prohibited Mayes from contacting or being in the vicinity of a specific person – was issued to him after his release from prison.

Mayes appeared before Chelmsford Magistrates' Court earlier. Picture: Google
Mayes appeared before Chelmsford Magistrates' Court earlier. Picture: Google

However, on Wednesday (January 24), officers from Essex Police’s North Domestic Abuse Problem Solving Team were alerted to an ongoing incident involving Mayes.

They quickly attended and he was immediately arrested on suspicion of breaching his order and was later charged.

Mayes was previously convicted of seriously injuring a woman.

In November last year, teams working to tackle domestic abuse secured an interim VOO for Mayes.

Mayes served a portion of his sentence. He then breached his licence and was sent back to prison before he was released.

Mayes will appear before Chemlsford Crown Court on February 22.

Detective Chief Inspector Nathan Hutchinson, who leads Essex Police’s domestic abuse team, said Mayes was managed by a multi agency public protection agreement and posed a very high risk of harm to the public.

DCI Hutchinson added: “Adam Mayes is a serial abuser and he is serially violent. His behaviour is not tolerated in Essex.

"The interim VOO which we secured last year means we have been able to pursue him for a breach, which carries a sentence of up to five years in prison.

“Our domestic abuse teams work tirelessly to protect people at risk of harm from people like Mayes; people who have continually shown they are unable to change, or have no interest in changing, their behaviour.

“These teams closely monitor those people who we believe pose the highest risk and we do that because we want to protect people.

“This conviction is the result of determined work from a number of teams across the force, including the North Domestic Abuse Problem Solving Team (DAPST), supported by officers in our Crime and Public Protection Police Order Enforcement Team (POET) and our legal department.”

A spokesperson for Essex Police said rates of domestic abuse fell in the past year, with 4,500 fewer offences, and fewer repeat victims.