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  Teens on bail to be tagged
Updated 26 February 2002, 07.23

Teenagers charged with serious crimes are to be electronically tagged to stop them committing more crimes while on bail awaiting trial.

The move will apply to 12 to 16 year olds who have been bailed awaiting trial for offences such as criminal damage and theft or robbery.

  Find out how the courts work

The tagged teenagers would face a curfew order imposed by a magistrate, with the tag being monitored by a security company.

If the tagged person tries to leave their home during hours that the courts have decided they can't, an alarm tips off the security company.

  Click here for curfews info

The government hope the tags will help to stop the rise in violence and street crime, and will stop young people who commit lots of crimes.

The scheme will be tested in April in six places where street crime is very bad, before spreading to the rest of the country in June, and eventually as many as 6,000 children could be tagged.

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