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Peterborough sex offender jailed for breaching court order

Registered sex offender Matthew Verity, 42, has been sentenced to eight months after he breached a court order by deleting dating apps Grindr and Tinder
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Registered sex offender from Peterborough jailed for breaching court order (Photo: John Baker)

Verity was handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) and placed on the Sex Offenders Register in 2016 after being convicted of sexual assault.  

Officers from the north-based Public Protection Unit (PPU) visited his home address in Wesleyan Road, Dogsthorpe on July 12, as part of a routine check on registered sex offenders living within Cambridgeshire. 

One of the restrictions as part of his SHPO is that he must not delete any internet history. On inspection of his phone officers found evidence Verity had deleted WhatsApp messages and the two dating apps. 

On Monday, August 3 at Peterborough Crown Court, he was jailed for eight months, having pleaded guilty to breaching his SHPO at a previous hearing. 

Detective Sergeant Paul Stimpson, from the Public Protection Unit, said: “From the point of his conviction Verity was allocated a member of my team to monitor him, meaning they pay him regular unannounced visits, to check he is not breaching any of his conditions and monitor his electronic devices. 

“These measures are in place to ensure public safety and the team are very thorough with their inspections, hence the discovery of Verity’s breaches.”