The Home Secretary Priti Patel is set to today announce new plans to fit out all foreign criminals with an electronic ankle tag, so they can’t flee from British authorities if human rights lawyers successfully weasel them out of pre-deportation detention facilities.
Foreign convicts set for the boot can currently be unleashed from detention centres if challenges are lodged against their deportation, letting them loose on the streets again.
But the new plan would give the authorities more power to track the movements of the criminal scum, tie them to fresh crimes, and hunt them down for deportation if their legal challenges fail.
The Home Secretary is set to make the fitting of the ankle tag a condition of their release from prison, and Ms Patel has already ordered a whopping 4,500 kits – which should be in action by the end of next year.
“It will help to deter foreign criminals who callously seek to abuse the system, breach bail conditions, and commit further crimes, putting the lives and safety of the public at risk” said Patel.
The plan follows the start of a Ministry of Justice trial which will tag convicted burglars, robbers, and thieves for up to a year after their release from prison – allowing authorities to see which criminal scum are getting back to old habits on the outside.
It could help cops figure out which former jailbirds are ransacking local homes and making ordinary people’s lives a misery. More than half of all convicted thieves strike again within a year of their release, and Avon and Somerset, Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Gwent, Humberside, and West Midlands forces have all signed up to keep an eye on former lags in a bid to hunt down repeat offenders
“Obviously with the ability to be able to tag our persistent offenders it means we’re able to see where they are and if they’re in proximity of offences that have occurred” said Gwent’s Deputy Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman.