Rise in offenders tagged in Devon and Cornwall

The numbers of people electronically tagged in Devon and Cornwall has risen sharply in the last three years.

More than 2,100 tagging orders were given out across the two counties last year, 57% up on three years ago, according to government figures.

Electronic tagging of people as young as 10 was introduced to deal with the problem of anti-social behaviour.

It was also seen as a cost-effective alternative to custodial sentences.

Offenders with a tag have to remain indoors at certain times of the day and usually at night.

Their compliance with the curfew is checked with an electronic tag and a monitoring unit placed in their home which is connected to a central control room by a telephone line.

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