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8:03am 10th August 2014

Boozed up yobs in Cornwall could be fitted with ankle tags to detect when they are drinking.

The Duchy's Police and Crime Commissioner admits he is "closely watching" a pilot scheme in London.

Tony Hogg thinks the so-called "sobriety tags" could be used in the southwest.

But Jackie Ballard from Alcohol Concern is not sure it will work: "Our concerns would be that whether having a tag and being forced to give up alcohol for a period of time will lead to long term behavioural change. But this is a pilot scheme and by the end of the one year of the pilot we will have learnt a lot about it."

Ian Lawrence from the National Association of Probation Officers reckons it is only part of the solution: "We come from the position that if you can avoid locking people up then we ought to. There are too many people in our prisons who are there for the wrong reasons. But we still believe that proper intervention and programmes run by skilled people are the best way to deal with this issue."

8:03am 10th August 2014

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