A MAN banned from contact with his ex-partner has been sent back to prison after he breached a restraining order.

David Gibney admitted that he breached the restraining order having been found in the company of ex-partner Adele Chesworth in Ulverston on November 29.

The 55-year-old was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison for breaching order when he appeared at South Cumbria Magistrates' Court.

The court heard it was the second time he had breached the order.

Jailing him, magistrates said Gibney had shown 'a flagrant disregard' for court order.

They said had attempt to 'thwart' the police investigation into the offence, which he committed while on licence from prison.

Gibney, of Barrow's Maple Street, also admitted that he drove without a licence or insurance on November 29 and failed to provide a breath sample to police.

He was handed another prison sentence of 16 weeks for the driving offences to be served concurrently. He was banned from the road for 16 months.

Gibney was last in court for breaching the restraining order in August.

He was found hiding in an outhouse at the home of the woman, who had previously assaulted.

Magistrates jailed Gibney for 12 weeks on that occasion.