A 32-year-old man has been jailed for seven weeks for breaching a domestic violence order twice in three weeks.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sentenced at Hatfield Magistrates Court yesterday, Tuesday, for breaking a Domestic Violence Protection Order.

He had been issued with the order on July 15 at St Albans Magistrates Court and broke it twice, firstly on July 17 and then again on August 3, before he was arrested and remanded in custody.

The new orders were introduced across the county on June 1 to protect victims of domestic abuse.

If breached then an offender can be arrested and kept in custody to appear before the next available court. During this period, the police will apply to the court for a DVPO which prevents the alleged perpetrator molesting the victim and can impose other restrictions for between 14 and 28 days.