A scheme to tackle alcohol-related crime through the use of compulsory electronic ankle tags has proved such a success it is being extended, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced. The one year ‘sobriety tag’ trial kept 91 per cent of offenders sober and is to be continued, with proposals for a capital-wide roll-out. In the first scheme of its kind in the UK, the compulsory, round the clock ankle tags monitor alcohol in an offenders’ perspiration. They have been used in Croydon, Lambeth, Southwark and Sutton, for offences such as drink driving, assault, and drunk and disorderly conduct for the last year. 111 ‘alcohol abstinence monitoring requirement’ orders have been issued to date and more than 100 offenders have complied with their order and through wearing the tag remained sober for up to 120 days. The average compliance rate for other similar community based orders is 61 per cent. Alcohol-related crime is estimated to cost the UK between £8bn and £13bn every year, placing a heavy burden on public services – 40 per cent of all A&E attendances are related to alcohol misuse. According to Public Health England, alcohol-related crime is significantly higher in London than all other […]
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