A 57-YEAR-old man has been given a curfew for breaking a sexual offences prevention order.

Andrew Edwards of Fromes Close, Bromyard pleaded guilty to two charges on September 26 and was sentenced at Hereford Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Between April 1 and June 21 this year Edwards breached a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO) which was made by Worcester Crown Court on May 31, 2012.

The charge said that Edwards had unsupervised contact with a young person under the age of 18 without the consent of the young person's parents.

The second charge was regarding the sex offenders register as he failed to comply with notification requirements. He failed to notify the police within three days that he had resided for at least 12 hours at a home where an under 18-year-old stayed.

The court was told that the facts speak for themselves and Edwards knew what the order restrictions were.

There was a suggestion that the SOPO should be extended for 10 years but these orders no longer exist as they were replaced with sexual harm prevention orders (SHPO) in 2015.

Edwards did not meet the criteria for a SHPO.

His defence lawyer said: "He denies and continues to deny, as is his right, the original offence."

He said that a young girl resides at Edwards' house occasionally and he has been open and honest about it, and had sought advice on what he needs to do.

The girl's mother had given permission, but the girl's father had not, which relates to the first charge.

He said Edwards was never left alone with the child and there had always been two or three other adults with him at all times.

The SOPO is very close to ending soon.

Magistrates made a curfew order for four months. He must remain at his home between 6pm and 6am every night until March 6, 2019.

He was ordered to pay £185 costs and £85 victim surcharge.