Mum back in jail after rabbit chews through police tag

Cuddles

Cuddles

First published in News by

A DAVYHULME woman freed from prison on licence is back behind bars after her children’s pet rabbit chewed through electrical cable powering her tag’s monitoring equipment.

Mum-of-two Claire Tong, 32, was released two weeks ago from York's Askham Grange prison having served three months for money laundering.

She was tagged to ensure she complied with a nightime curfew, banning her from leaving the family home in Kingsway Park.

But last Wednesday evening disaster struck when the family’s pet rabbit, Cuddles, chewed through power cables of a receiver unit located in the house.

Devastated husband, Dave, said they promptly contacted G4S (formerly Group 4 Security) who monitor the system, and an engineer sent the next day seemingly accepted the couple's explanation and replaced the unit.

But on Sunday cops swooped and arrested Claire, saying she’d breached her licence conditions, claiming the wire had been cut with a blade.

She's now in Styal Prison awaiting a decision by magistrates.

"She rang them straight away and explained the situation," explained Dave. "When the engineer came the next day she said it was fine and could see what had happened and where the cable had been chewed.

"But then the police turned up on Sunday and said they were having to recall her to prison as they believed the unit had been tampered with. Claire thought they were joking at first, but we aren't laughing now," he fumed.

Claire spent the night in Stretford Police Station Cells and has since been transferred to Styal Prison in Cheshire.

To make matters worse, according to Dave, Claire was due to resume her job at a Stockport solicitors on Monday, who'd held her post held open, but unemployed Dave said her job was under threat because of recent developments.

A spokesman for G4S said they were unable to comment on specific cases, but said bosses assess such matters on a case by case basis, and after investigating would make a recommendation to the Ministry of Justice who'd have the final say. It's now up to Claire to appeal the decision.

The family have also contacted Stretford and Urmston MP Bev Hughes who said today (Tuesday) she was looking into the matter.

Comments (6)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

10:42pm Thu 26 Feb 09

jimmy hill says...

Them rabbits make a great stew you know!
Them rabbits make a great stew you know! jimmy hill
  • Score: 0

10:54pm Thu 26 Feb 09

jimmy hill says...

And as for that G4 they were rubbish on x factor, so why there doing security i will never know.
And as for that G4 they were rubbish on x factor, so why there doing security i will never know. jimmy hill
  • Score: 0

11:02pm Thu 26 Feb 09

jimmy hill says...

That g4 were no good on x factor is it security there in to now.
That g4 were no good on x factor is it security there in to now. jimmy hill
  • Score: 0

1:38am Fri 27 Feb 09

jimmy hill says...

oh well claire will be home soon and rabbit stew all round........
oh well claire will be home soon and rabbit stew all round........ jimmy hill
  • Score: 0

1:41pm Fri 27 Feb 09

talking sense says...

hilarious - made my day!
hilarious - made my day! talking sense
  • Score: 0

4:34pm Sat 28 Feb 09

jimmy hill says...

Poor cuddles asked how long he would get if convicted for chewing the wires, about 3 1/2 hours at 180 degrees usually.
Poor cuddles asked how long he would get if convicted for chewing the wires, about 3 1/2 hours at 180 degrees usually. jimmy hill
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree