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Hockley man jailed for harassment after woman receives hundreds of calls

Hockley man jailed for harassment after woman receives hundreds of calls
A man from Hockley who breached his restraining order by calling a woman hundreds of times a day, twice while our officers were present, has been jailed.

Mark Needs, 36, of Cedar Mews, received nine months after pleading guilty to harassment at Basildon Crown Court on Thursday, March 28.

He had his restraining order extended for a further 12 months until April 2020.

Needs was given a restraining order in April 2018 which banned him from contacting a woman directly and indirectly.

Between November 20, 2018 and January 14, 2019, he persistently called the woman from a withheld number and also left abusive voice messages.

The woman told police she had around 200 calls a day and on two occasions Needs called her while our officers were supporting her.

These conversations were filmed on our body worn cameras.

We also used our cameras to recorded 47 voicemail messages left by Needs.

Investigating officer Pc Charles Quaey, of Southend’s Domestic Abuse Team, said: “Needs subjected the victim to a barrage of calls and abuse despite having a restraining order in place that prohibits any contact with her.

“While on routine visits with her, officers were present when he made contact with her.

“We made good use of our body worn cameras to record the calls and these were used in evidence.

“Needs will now spend time locked in prison and has had a further restraining order placed on him.”

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