A MAN described as a "dangerous sexual predator" has been jailed for nearly four years after breaching a sexual harm prevention order and making indecent images of children.

Daniel Smith, 40, from High Street in Acton near Sudbury, appeared at Ipswich Crown court on October 26 where he was given a 44-month jail sentence.

Smith admitted three counts of breach of his sexual harm prevention order and one count of failing to comply with his notification requirements.

One took place in Acton on February 23 this year when he failed to produce his phone device for inspection as part of a routine home visit under the terms of his order.

He claimed his phone was being repaired at a shop – a statement that proved to be false.

The other two breaches were for failing to produce other devices for inspection in Clare on March 13 earlier this year and he also failed to register his new home address.

Smith also admitted three offences relating to making indecent images of children.  

A total of 38 category A pictures were discovered on his devices, eight category B images and 171 category C images.

He received 12 months in jail for the indecent images of a child offences and 32 months for the breaches of the sexual harm prevention order.

The two sentences will be served consecutively.

Public Protection Manager Ali Barham said: "This is a very positive sentence which will come as welcome news to local residents and the wider community.

“A clear and blatant disregard has been demonstrated by Smith with regards to his Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

“This order was put in place by the judicial system to protect the public from predators like Smith.

“We are very satisfied with this sentence which I hope goes some way to reassure the public of the police stance when it comes to subjects of such orders.”

Det Sgt Nick Shirley of the internet child abuse investigation team added: “Daniel Smith is a dangerous sexual predator, who has shown a flagrant disregard for not only his SHPO, but also for the criminal justice process following his conviction in 2016.

“The Internet Child Abuse Investigation Team (ICAIT) work closely with the Public Protection Unit in Suffolk to identify recidivistic offenders like Smith.

“This joint investigation and the sentence that has resulted, evidences the positive effect of teamwork and robust management of people like Smith, the impact it has on public trust and confidence, and sends a message to other Sex Offenders in Suffolk that their abhorrent offending against the most vulnerable in society, will not be tolerated.”