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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Soft porn model from Cumbria refuses to wear ankle tag

An adult TV star from Cumbria refused to be fitted with an electronic tag on her ankle because she claimed it would put her out of work.

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Sophie Dalzell: The glamour model from Workington must pay £275 in fines and costs but won’t have to wear the tag

Glamour model Sophie Dalzell, 19, from Workington, was placed on curfew and ordered to wear a tag for eight weeks after failing to carry out community service for a criminal damage conviction.

But she appealed against the sentence – and when security firm G4S turned up to fit the tag, she refused to let them put it on her ankle, claiming she would get the sack if she wore it.

Dalzell, a former pupil of the town’s St Joseph’s Catholic High School, was hauled back into court and has now been fined £200 and ordered to pay £75 costs after she admitted breaching a community order – but she won’t have to wear the tag.

After the case she said: “A tag on my ankle wouldn’t look very good. It’s an eyesore. Your appearance is everything.

“I still don’t think it’s fair about the fine. I’m innocent and haven’t done anything wrong. I now want to get on with my life.

“They didn’t consider what I did. If I’d let them put the tag on, I’d have had no job and nowhere to live. I was doing adult channels, TV presenting. I’m still mad about the whole situation. When they came to the house I told them it’s going to really affect my work and that I was waiting for the outcome of my appeal.”

Dalzell, who now lives in Manchester, initially denied breaching the order when she appeared in the dock at Manchester magistrates court wearing a black dress, false eyelashes, bright red lipstick and diamond earrings.

But she changed her plea to guilty after telling the court her trial date would conflict with a modelling shoot and nightclub assignment in Ibiza.

Magistrates were told she no longer works in adult TV. Dalzell’s Twitter feed says she is an ‘ex-TV chat babe’ and does ‘hosting, shoots, publications, presenting and more’.

In March last year, Dalzell was convicted of causing damage to a man’s car after a row outside a nightclub in Manchester. During the dispute with the male driver of a BMW car, she slapped him in the face and kicked his car, causing damage.

She was put on probation and sentenced to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work for the community.

She breached the order by failing to do all the hours. On December 13, G4S staff turned up at her home to install the monitoring equipment and fit the tag to her leg.

Jamie Cook, for the probation service, said: “The case is that she refused to allow G4S to install the monitoring equipment.”

Matthew Wallace, defending, said: “The issue is whether there was a refusal to have the tag fitted or whether there was a discussion about whether the tag should be fitted and then they decided not to fit it.

“The problem was that at that time Miss Dalzell had a contract with an agency for TV-based glamour modelling. She couldn’t do that with the tag on her ankle.

“She discussed it with G4S and as a consequence the tag wasn’t fitted. Whether that was her fault or not, the tag wasn’t fitted. She felt it wasn’t appropriate with the appeal ongoing. It would be contrary to the interests of justice for a curfew to be imposed at this time.”

Magistrates told Dalzell it was essential she now paid the fine within 28 days.

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