Drinkers who offend may have to wear 'alcohol bracelet'

Offenders who are convicted of a booze-fuelled crime may be forced to wear an alcohol bracelet to monitor their drinking, under a new pilot scheme.

Four London boroughs - Croydon, Lambeth, Southwark and Sutton - will trial the scheme, where offenders are forced to wear the alcohol monitor for four months at a time, under plans from the London Mayor.

The bracelet measures the amount of alcohol in their sweat and they may face further penalties if they are found drinking, according to the scheme which is run by the Mayors Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC).

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Drinkers who offend could wear 'alcohol bracelet'

Those responsible for alcohol-fuelled crimes could be forced to wear a bracelet which monitors their drinking, under a new pilot scheme.

Around one million violent crimes every year are alcohol related. Credit: PA

Offenders convicted of an alcohol related offence in one of four London boroughs - Croydon, Lambeth, Southwark and Sutton - could be forced to wear the bracelet and face tougher punishments if they drink again.

Up to 150 people are expected to be made to wear the tags for four months to make sure they comply and the scheme will run over the course of a year.

The aim of the scheme is to reduce the costs of alcohol related crime.

According to the Home Office, around one million violent crimes each year are alcohol related.

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