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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Tagged Carlisle man arrested for getting Christmas decorations out of own loft

A 41-year-old man was arrested after he got Christmas decorations down from the loft because it was not covered by his electronic tag.

Harry John Nicholson, who was tagged and put on a house curfew earlier this month, hadn’t realised that his loft was not covered by the Group 4 monitoring equipment and the alarm was activated, indicating he had left the house.

He was given the tag during an earlier court hearing on December 3 and given the 7pm to 7am curfew, monitored by a tag.

Carlisle magistrates’ court heard how the monitoring equipment registered him as having left the house for 17 minutes while he was in the loft getting the decorations down.

The court was told Nicholson contacted Group 4 to explain what had happened and Group 4 accepted his explanation but told him the police had been alerted.

Nicholson, of Sewell Place, Currock, was arrested for breaching his bail.

Defence lawyer Antony Wilson, said: “His only mistake was going into the loft.”

Magistrates said the breach of bail was not proved and Nicholson was released from custody.

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