Thousands of offenders breach home detention curfews

According to statistics released by the Home Office, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, thousands of criminals cut off their electronic tags across a nine-month period last year.

In further embarrassment to the home secretary, John Reid, the Home Office revealed that in East Anglia alone 1,510 offenders ripped off their tags between April 1 2005 and December 31 2005.

Thousands of criminals cut off tags (The Guardian, 26 May 2006)