Tougher knife crime sentences for teens
3:34pm 27th October 2011
Last week, Julian Sturdy, Member of Parliament for York Outer, signed up to House of Commons amendment backing a stronger stance on tackling knife crime.
With around 40 MPs having backed the amendment to the Government's Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, the Government has now decided to accept the amendment.
This change will ensure that 16-18 year olds convicted of aggravated knife carrying will face a mandatory six month prison sentence.
Commenting on the development, Mr Sturdy said:-
"In recent years, the number of fatal knife-related offences have soared across the country, particularly amongst the younger generation."
"Halting and reversing this tragic trend is essential. As such I am delighted that the Government has now accepted the Commons amendment which would see 16 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. The Government's decision to back this amendment sends out a loud, strong and very clear message that knife crime is simply unacceptable."
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