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'Sobriety ankle tags' rolled out across England Published Date: 31/03/2021

The "sobriety tags" monitor a wearer's sweat levels every 30 minutes, and alert probation services if alcohol is detected and offenders breaching their abstinence order can then be returned to court to face further sanctions.

Policing and Crime Minister Kit Malthouse said the tags were a "powerful new tool" to combat alcohol-fuelled violence and help steer offenders away from "bad habits".

The tags can only be used with offenders over the age of 18, who are not dependent on alcohol or have certain medical conditions.

The government says the tags can distinguish the difference between drinks and other types of alcohol - such as in hand sanitiser or perfume.

The scheme has already been trialled in Humberside, Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire and London.

The government said more than 100 people have been tagged there since then, with offenders staying sober on over 95% of days monitored.