A sex offender who breached a court order by going to children’s birthday parties has been jailed. 

Jason Coe, 48, was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) in July 2019, which included conditions not to have any contact or communication with girls under 16. 

However, Coe attended multiple social gatherings in Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, where he knew children would be present – the first just four months later on November 17. 

Of the seven breaches, three were children’s birthday parties, the first in Peterborough on March 14, 2020. 

Following this, he attended a barbeque on July 10, 2021, a birthday party on January 31 this year, another gathering at the end of January or beginning of February, a third child’s party on June 24, and finally another barbeque on 21 July. All were events where he knew children would be present. 

After the final event, an adult linked to the gatherings discovered Coe was a registered sex offender and contacted police. 

Coe, of Swan Street, Alcester, Warwickshire, admitted seven breaches of his SHPO. 

On Thursday (November 30) at Cambridge Crown Court he was jailed for a year. 

DC Claire Cummings said: “Coe was fully aware of the requirements of his Sexual Harm Prevention Order and these gatherings would represent breaches. He simply chose to ignore it. 

“Court orders are put in place to protect the public and breaches are taken very seriously. 

“It is our duty and the responsibly of everyone in society to protect children.” 

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