Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Man in Court over Tag 'Wind-Up'

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Man in Court over Tag 'Wind-Up'

Article excerpt

A convicted drink-driver told a court that his stories of cutting off his electronic tag and putting it on his dog so he could go out drinking were "a wind-up".

Shaun Cliff, 38, of Otley Avenue, Park End, was featured in the Gazette and national newspapers claiming he had been trying to highlight flaws in the tagging system.

Cliff had been ordered by magistrates to wear the tag and stick to a 7pm-7am curfew in June for drink-driving and bail offences.

Just hours after the device was fitted, he claimed to have cut it off, placed it on his dog and then hit the town for late night drinks.

Yesterday he stood trial at Teesside Magistrates' Court for breaching a community order by cutting the tag, pleading not guilty to the offence.

He had told the probation service that he cut it off to "beat the system" and in another interview claimed he cut it off because it violated his human rights as he could not attend Mass under the curfew times. …

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