A PERSISTENT offender from Worcester was handed two consecutive prison sentences after he admitted breaking a restraining order, harassing a woman and breaking a car windscreen.

Serial offender Jason Bridger appeared before magistrates in the city to face four charges for three separate matters on November 13.

These were that on August 31 this year he breached a restraining order by turning up at a woman’s house in Droitwich, doing the same thing on August 26 and breaking a car windscreen at the same time.

The other matters stated that 34 year-old Bridger, of Canterbury Road, entered the home in Droitwich despite being subject to a restraining order, as well as continued harassment of the woman between July 13 and August 30 this year.

Bridger was handed an eight week prison sentence for breaching the restraining order, with a consecutive 12 week sentence for entering the house in Droitwich.

In addition, he was ordered to pay a £128 victim surcharge after pleading guilty to the charges.

The sentences were so harsh because of Bridger’s lengthy record of offending, with charges dating back to 2004 on his record.

On the same day however, Bridger was cleared of using threatening or abusive behaviour at Worcester Police Station in November 2019.

Bridger denied the charges when he originally appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court on January 5, saying CCTV footage from the police station would clear his name.

When he appeared on November 13, the charge was dismissed, and he was found not guilty.

In his January hearing, Bridger, who described himself as a father of two, said to the judge: “I only need the CCTV for my case. If you can request audio and visual.”

He accepted he was present at the police station but denied his behaviour was as described.