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Violent Offender Order given to Newbury man

man who was sentenced to more than three years’ imprisonment following an assault in Newbury has been given a Violent Offender Order.

The order, the first of its kind in the Thames Valley, means that the man could face an additional five years’ imprisonment if he breaches its conditions.

Andrew Harding, aged 38, formerly of Cleveland Grove, Newbury, was given the Violent Offender Order under the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 at a hearing at West Berkshire Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 29 October.

It follows Harding’s conviction in 2018 for Section 18 Wounding for which he was sentenced to a total of three years and three months’ imprisonment.

The order, which will be in place for four years, means that if Harding reoffends, he could face an additional five years’ imprisonment.

Detective Inspector Richard Johnson, based at Reading police station, said: “I am really pleased that we have been successful in obtaining the order which will greatly assist our team and others working to protect the public.

“The order sets out very strict prohibitions, conditions, and restrictions, such as Harding having to notify the police of any communication with any female when forming a personal relationship.

“The stringent conditions reflect the level of risk posed to people by Harding, as acknowledged by the court.”

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