Ipswich man broke restraining orders

A MAN who harassed two Suffolk College workers and a female bar worker is today subject to three restraining orders after he continually broke rules of a previous order.

A MAN who harassed two Suffolk College workers and a female bar worker is today subject to three restraining orders after he continually broke rules of a previous order.

Clive Betts, of Grimwade Street, Ipswich, was back in court yesterday after plaguing women with phone calls, taking pictures of them without their consent and spreading a vicious rumour.

The 53-year-old had been given a restraining order in June last year to prevent him harassing a woman who worked at Suffolk College.

Betts, a music teacher, was at Ipswich Crown Court after pleading guilty to breaching it two days after it was put in place by visiting Campsea Ash railway station, close to where she lived.


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In July, he then told a member of college staff the woman was a drug dealer.

He was also sentenced for harassing two other women between June and August last year.

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The next victim was a personal assistant at the college who he made abusive telephone calls to in June. He was given a police warning but continued to make the calls and then turned up at the college on August 3 and took photographs of her, despite being told to stop.

The last charge related to a third woman, who worked at the Dove public house, St Helen's Street, Ipswich. Betts was banned from the pub but went there and refused to leave until police arrived. He also troubled staff with phone calls.

David Wilson, mitigating, said Betts behaviour stemmed from alcohol problems.

He said: “When he was given a fine and restraining order last year, what he needed was help and assistance.”

Judge McKittrick said: “Women have the right to lead their lives without your attention and your slurs.”

However, he added because Betts had already spent time on remand, he had been persuaded to not send him to prison.

Betts was sentenced to a 10-month sentence, suspended for 18 months, for breaching the order, plus concurrent suspended sentences for the other offences.

He has also been placed under the supervision of the National Probation Service and ordered to go before the judge again next month and told to pay £500 court costs.

Restraining orders have been made to prevent him harassing the three women until July 27 next year.

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