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  • 30 August 2011, 9:03

Offender's false leg tagged

False leg /Photolibrary

Two members of staff at a private security firm have been sacked after an electronic tag was put on an offender's false leg.

The 29-year-old Rochdale man wrapped his prosthetic limb in a bandage and fooled G4S staff, reports the Daily Telegraph.

He could then simply remove his leg - and the tag - whenever he wanted to breach his court-imposed curfew.

The scandal, which also saw a G4S manager quit, only came to light a week later when the man was arrested for driving while banned.

A G4S spokeswoman said: "G4S tags 70,000 subjects a year on behalf of the Ministry of Justice.

"Given the critical nature of this service we have very strict procedures in place which all of our staff must follow.

"In this individual's case two employees failed to adhere to the correct procedures when installing the tag. Had they done so, they would have identified his prosthetic leg.

"Failure to follow procedure is a serious disciplinary offence, and the two employees responsible for the installation of the tag have now been dismissed."