A VIOLENT thug who caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage to a Middlewich restaurant has been ordered to wear an electronic tag.

John Bugliarello of Manor Road, Sandbach, was told his every move would be monitored after he was found guilty of criminal damage at Cafe Bar M in Wheelock Street, Middlewich, during the summer.

Now police chiefs are calling on magistrates to hit more offenders with tagging devices.

Bugliarello, 43, admitted hurling planks through the restaurant window in July, causing nearly £900 worth of damage. Nobody was hurt in the attack.

The next day he paid the owners £500 in an attempt to cover the damage, but was taken to court for the rest of the cash on Wednesday.

Bugliarello, who also pleaded guilty to a separate count of affray, was ordered to pay £100 court costs and £386 compensation for the shortfall of the damage.

But a charge of assault by beating, which Bugliarello denied, was dropped due to a lack of evidence.

Bugliarello has already been banned from all the pubs in Middlewich under the Pubwatch scheme. That means he is not allowed in licensed premises in the town for six months from Tuesday, December 9.

But the court decided landlords needed more protection and imposed a curfew restricting his move-ment and limiting his freedom.

He was told he must stay in his home every night, seven days a week, from 8pm until 5am and he was told he would be fitted with an electronic tag which to make sure he sticks to the court ruling. The device monitors his movements and lets police know where he is at any given time.

Sergeant Matt Todd, from Congleton borough's Community Action Team (CAT), said: 'These tags are very successful and they prove to be a great help.

'A lot of the time the courts bail people, but when they are on a Home Office tag we can keep a watchful eye on them and it makes it easier.

'It's something the courts are doing a lot more of and I would encourage the use of anything that can tell us where they are.'

Melanie Ollier, of Cafe Bar M, was pleased with the ruling and happy she will recoup the losses she had after repairing the damage.

Miss Ollier, who recently became engaged, said: 'I am glad it's over and done with. He really is the last of my worries and I don't have any concerns now.'