POLICE officers caught a man red handed walking out of a block of flats he was banned from attended.

Lee Doggett was barred from contacting a woman who lived at the address in Colchester by a two-year restraining order.

But on a Sunday evening in August she heard a knocked at her door. She realised it was Doggett, of Eustace Road, Ipswich, when he looked through her spyhole and didn't answer.

He left, but returned just minutes later and knocked again.

Police attended and saw the 47-year-old coming out of the communal door.

He was already serving a suspended 18-week sentence, suspended for two years given to him in June for three counts of assaults on the victim.

Doggett admitted breaching a restraining order, breaching a suspended sentence and possession of cannabis at Ipswich Crown Court.

He was jailed for 44 weeks.

Det Sgt Dan Smith, of Colchester's Domestic Abuse Investigations Team, said they always took matter of this nature serious.

"Doggett went to the woman’s home and continued to knock on her door – despite an order in place that bans him from attending her address," he said.

“We attended the scene, activated our body worn cameras and caught Doggett walking out of the block of flats where the woman lives.

“Doggett appeared in court two months before for domestic related assaults where he was given a suspended sentence.

"He activated this suspended sentence and will spend time locked in a prison cell.”