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Wolverhampton man charged for breaching new type of court order - after being convicted of machete possession

A Wolverhampton man has appeared in court accused of breaching a Serious Violence Reduction Order (SVRO).

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Stefan Brain, from Wolverhampton, was given the one-year order after being convicted of possessing a machete in a public place in March this year.

An SVRO is a civil order that can be placed on someone who has been convicted of an offence that involved a bladed item or offensive weapon.

Someone who has an SVRO can be stopped in public spaces by police and searched to find out if they’re carrying a weapon.

A requirement of 26-year-old Brain’s order was to attend a police station in person to notify his name and address formally within three days of being given the order, which has not been done.

On Friday Brain was arrested for a separate offence for which he has been bailed, but charged with breaching the SVRO.

He appeared at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court on Saturday where the SVRO was re-issued for a further 12 months.

These orders are intended to deter offenders from carrying weapons as there is a greater likelihood of being caught and brought to justice.

SVROs are being piloted by West Midlands Police along with Merseyside, Thames Valley and Sussex police forces before a decision is made on roll out across England and Wales.

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