More stalkers and sex offenders to be jailed for violating court orders under new sentencing rules

Sex offenders and stalkers are among the criminals who could be jailed more frequently for violating court orders, under new rules.

The Sentencing Council is handing judges and magistrates the first comprehensive guidance on punishing breaches of measures aiming at protecting victims, including restraining orders and sexual harm prevention orders (SHPOs).

For the most serious cases of breaching an SHPO, courts will be expected to impose a sentence of between two and four-and-a-half years, while the range for breaking restraining and non-molestation orders is one to four years.

Rules coming into effect across England and Wales on 1 October also aim to ensure offenders serving suspended sentences will be sent to prison if they breach the conditions of their release, unless there

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