A SEX offender has been jailed after kicking, punching and nipping two detectives who were checking he wasn't breaching his conditions.

Josh Duggan was convicted of three charges of sexual assault grabbing or smacking the bottoms of three women in May 2016.

As a result the 23-year-old was ordered to comply with an order to register his address with police until 2023.

When he was released from prison in August, for unrelated matters, he failed to notify police where he was living and officers began searching for him.

After several attempts to locate him they eventually found him at his mother's home on Woodland Street, Stockton, where he was supposed to be living.

Teesside Crown Court heard how the two detectives forced their way into the property to detain Duggan and the sex offender turned aggressive and attacked the officers.

Jenny Haigh, prosecuting, said Duggan was kicking out and punched one of the detectives in the face before twisting his nipples when they were attempting to arrest him on September 27.

Duggan pleaded guilty to two charges of breaching his sex offender registration order and two of assaulting members of the emergency services.

In mitigation, John Nixon, his client had been staying at his mother's home but had failed to register that address with the police and as a result feared being arrested.

He said: "There was a degree of resistance it; it was more an attempt to avoid being arrested, rather than being detected. What is clear is that he failed to comply with the order."

Dealing with the assaults, he added: "He has no defence to those charges, he has pleaded guilty; he lost control and there was a degree of recklessness."

Judge Howard Crowson jailed Duggan to two concurrent eight month sentences for breaching the court order and two concurrent two month sentences to run consecutively for the assaults on the police officers.

Ordering the defendant to pay £75 compensation to the both of the detectives, the judge said: "You spent ten days avoiding the police despite the fact you knew they were looking for you.

"You moved from house to house and failed to notify them where you were."