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Signals from the tags, which look like wristwatches but are fitted to the ankle, can be blocked, triggering a false alarm in the security base. It is only meant to sound if the prisoner breaks a curfew or tampers with the tag.
The problem has led to about 20 prisoners being returned to jail. A Home Office spokeswoman said: "There have been problems with the tags when they are close to big metal objects. But they have to be very big objects - we're talking Agas." - London Metro (Ron Rubin)

Train passenger Stevan Walton wrote to Virgin Trains congratulating them on the quality of his journey. Virgin Trains apologised and offered him a refund. - Sunday Times (Sigrid Rabiger)

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This article first appeared in the 13 September 1999 issue of the New Statesman, Kids just say no to party politics