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Jailed: Cambridgeshire man who attacked partner

William Wenman, from Chatteris, was jailed after admitting assault. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police.

Cambridgeshire Police have vowed to crack down on domestic violence after a man was jailed for attacking his partner and snapping her mobile phone.

William Wenman repeatedly punched and slapped his victim in the face in the early hours of January 16, leaving her unable to open her right eye because of the bruising and swelling.

The 38-year-old, from Chatteris, was jailed for a year and 10 months.

With the victim not wishing to attend court, Wenman initially pleaded not guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm and criminal damage.

But he changed his plea to guilty after a judge at Cambridge Crown Court permitted the use of other evidence, such as bodycam footage from officers.

"We hope this sentence will allow the victim to move on with the rest of her life.

"This court result shows that if a victim, for whatever reason, does not want to engage with the court process then we can still pursue justice on their behalf.

"Protecting vulnerable people, including survivors of domestic abuse, is a priority for the constabulary and we will do all we can to bring offenders before the courts."

– Cambridgeshire Police spokesman

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Force issues first Domestic Violence Protection Order

Police in Cambridgeshire have issued their first Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO).

DVPOs are used to protect someone from violence or the threat of violence and were rolled out across the country in March this year.

The order was granted at Cambridge Magistrates' Court on a 42-year-old man from Cambridge.

It was applied for after an alleged violent incident on July 12 and will be in place for 28 days. It prevents him visiting the home of, or contacting, his former partner - a 50-year-old woman from Cambridge.

Det Insp Alan Page said: "This is the first time DVPO to be issued by the force since we launched them two weeks ago.

"It demonstrates our commitment to use every power available to us in order to protect victims of abuse and reduce the likelihood of further incidents.

"This order will give the victim time to consider the next steps she may wish to take without the threat of further violence."