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Knife offender tagging scheme extends in London

A pilot programme to tag knife offenders with GPS tracking devices has been extended across the capital.

The scheme, which was launched in Lewisham, Croydon, Southwark and Lambeth last February has already seen 12 offenders fitted with the tags as part of their licence conditions after release from custody.

An additional £700,000 has now been made available by the Mayor of London which will support the tagging of up to 300 additional offenders.

In a statement London Mayor, Sadiq Khan said the scheme was helping probation officers have "open and transparent conversations about an offender's lifestyle and behaviour which contributes to more effective engagement and robust risk management".

He went on to say "Enforcement alone will only suppress violence - and that's why I am investing in innovative programmes like GPS tagging that will not only help in crime reduction but crucially reduce the risk of reoffending."