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  Youngest person in Britain tagged by courts
Updated 20 May 2002, 07.05
A girl aged 12 has been tagged
A 12-year-old girl has become the youngest person in Britain to have to wear an electronic tag after breaking a court order.

The tag will alert police if the girl - who cannot be named for legal reasons - leaves the estate where she lives.

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Magistrates in Walsall decided to make her wear the tag after she broke a court order that banned her from going into the town centre.

Fact File
Tagging
12 is the youngest age a person can be tagged
Tagging for kids between 12 and 16 was approved in 2001
It's being tested in six parts of Britain
Police expect to tag around 1,800 young people
She has to wear the tag every hour of every day, and if she leaves the area she is supposed to stay in, the police tell a private security firm, who will arrest her.

She was originally ordered to stay out of the town centre after she was accused of mugging another 12-year-old girl for her mobile phone and 5 cash.

The tag was fitted when she broke the bail conditions.

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In the past when kids have broken the law, the police have sometimes been forced to let them go and some commit even more crimes.

It is hoped tagging will help stop this.

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