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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

GPS tracking could provide security for domestic abuse victims, MPs told

Written by Harriet Line

GPS tracking technology which warns police and victims when a domestic abuser enters an exclusion zone would provide "vital security for victims", MPs have heard.

Liz Saville Roberts, Plaid Cymru's Westminster leader, said such an alert system would also reduce reoffending.

During Home Office questions in the Commons, Ms Saville Roberts (pictured) said: "The Government's domestic abuse consultation probe proposes tagging for perpetrators.

"The victims' rights campaign is calling for best use to be made of GPS tracking technology to warn both police and victims when an offender enters a court-imposed exclusion zone.

"Would she (Home Office minister Victoria Atkins) agree with me that such an alert system would provide vital security for victims and also reduce reoffending?"

Ms Atkins replied: "I'm extremely grateful to (Ms Saville Roberts) for raising that and she does a great deal of work in this area.

"It is an interesting idea and it's one I know that she and others will be submitting as part of the consultation."

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