A registered sex offender from Hersham was jailed for two years after he breached the terms of his Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).

Christopher Barr, 42, of Rodwell Court, Hersham, was sentenced when he appeared at Guildford Crown Court last week.

Mr Barr is a registered sex offender and has previous convictions dating back to 2007.

They relate to the "making and possessing indecent images of children, as well as previous convictions for possession extreme images and breaching his Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO)" a spokesperson for Surrey Police said.

After a further conviction for other indecent image offences in 2013, Mr Barr was given a SOPO with a number of conditions, including prohibiting him from accessing the internet and engaging in any written or oral communication relating to the sexual abuse of children.

He was later found to be in breach of this too.

Officers from the Force’s Paedophile Online Investigation Team received information from CEOP (the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children), that a person, believed to be using false details, had exchanged suspected indecent images online and had also expressed a sexual interest in children.

They identified the man as Mr Barr and officers immediately carried out a search warrant at his address, seizing a number of devices.

Mr Barr was released pending further enquiries, but police said he continued to offend in a similar manner yet again, using false details to try and obscure his identity.

Finally the Hersham man was arrested after being charged with five counts of breaching his SHPO and failing to comply with notification requirements.

Detective Constable Steve Branch, who worked on this case, said Mr Barr's conduct was a "blatant violation" of his prevention orders that were designed to protect children.

"The conditions of Barr’s SHPO were clearly defined and he has breached them repeatedly on several different occasions," he said.

"The conditions were imposed to ensure he did not pose a threat or risk to children and he has continued to violate these, which means he will now face two years behind bars as a consequence of his blatant disregard for the law.

"I hope that this serves as a clear warning that we will strictly enforce the conditions of such orders and that anyone flouting them will be dealt with extremely seriously," DC Branch added.