Derby

Order bans ex-prisoner from Long Eaton

A man has been banned from an entire town for five years under a legal order used for the first time in Derbyshire.

Stephen Cross, 40, has been banned from Long Eaton - his original home town - under a Violent Offender Order (VOO).

The order also prevents him approaching certain people. VOOs aim to cut reoffending by restricting movements of particular people released from prison.

He was released from jail last week. Police said the order was needed to deal with a "serious risk of violence".

Mr Cross, also known as Wayne Green, qualified for a VOO having been previously sentenced to a period of imprisonment for serious assault, officers said.

Det Insp Mark Argyle explained: "We consider that Stephen Cross represents a serious risk of violence to the people named within the control order following his prison release, which is why an application was made.

"If the terms and conditions of the order are broken the police can arrest him and put him back before the court.

"If found guilty he can then be fined, imprisoned or both for up to five years."

Police added those named in the order had been informed.

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