A BARROW man who repeatedly and persistently breached a restraining order has been locked up again for a further breach.

David Michael McMurray was given a three-year restraining order in November 2017 preventing him from contacting his ex Stephanie Smith.

He was jailed when the order was imposed but he then breached the order within a few hours of being released from prison.

While on the train on his way home to Barrow, and after drinking a bottle of vodka and taking some diazepam, McMurray called Miss Smith six times and sent two texts.

He was jailed for 90 days and magistrates ordered that the restraining order, initially imposed for a period of three years, be extended indefinitely.

At South Cumbria Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday the 39-year-old was jailed again after admitting a breach.

The court heard McMurray, of Thames Road, was arrested on Sunday January 19 after he was found with Miss Smith in Wordsworth Street.

The couple had been in a relationship for around 11 years before it ended prior to November 2017.

On Tuesday magistrates said that McMurray had ‘a flagrant disregard for court orders’ and as such the offence was so serious a custodial sentence must be imposed.

McMurray, who was defended by Mike Graham from Forresters Solicitors, also had a ‘significant record of previous offending’.

He was jailed for six weeks.

Magistrates also ordered him to pay a £122 victim surcharge.