knife crime campaign
11:48am 21st October 2011
Julian Sturdy, Member of Parliament for York Outer, has signed up to House of Commons amendment backing a stronger stance on tackling knife crime.
Around 40 MPs have backed an amendment to the Government’s Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill which would ensure that 15-18 year olds convicted of aggravated knife carrying would face mandatory six month prison sentence.
Commenting on the matter, Mr Sturdy said:
“In recent years, the number of fatal knife-related offences have soared across the country, particularly amongst the younger generation.”
“This tragic trend must be halted and reversed by the Government in line with a key manifesto pledge. As such I am delighted to add my name to a Commons amendment which would see 15 to 18 year olds given a six-month mandatory prison sentence if convicted of aggravated knife carrying.”
“At the moment a high number of those convicted of knife crime are not jailed. This amendment sends out a loud, strong and very clear message that knife crime is simply unacceptable and I hope that it receives full parliamentary support.”
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