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Tougher Knife Crime Sentences Backed By MP

Monday June 23 2014


Michael Dugher MP Michael Dugher MP


TOUGHER sentences for knife crime offences have been backed by a Barnsley MP.

Michael Dugher voted for the introduction of the proposed changes, which would impose mandatory minimum sentences for those convicted of a second knife possession offence.

For those aged 18 and over, the sentence will be a minimum of six months, while for those aged 16-18 a four-month detention training order will be implemented.

However, the new laws will allow for judicial discretion as well.

The vote from the Barnsley East MP follows shortly after a recent knife attack in Worsbrough, where a 27-year-old man was taken to hospital to be treated for serious stab wounds.

"There is no doubt that more needs to be done to stop the devastation caused by knife crime," Mr Dugher said. "That recent knife attack is a sad reminder of that.

"We need to make it very clear that carrying a knife is totally unacceptable, even more so for those who repeatedly commit knife crime. Tough sentencing sends out a strong signal and that's why I supported these changes to the law."

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Reply Posted by sid on Tuesday June 24 2014 at 14:34
Im glad Mr. Dgher is speaking out about the need for change on the sentencing of knife crime. What goes past my comprehension is the fact that a person can stab someone and not be jailed! If my voice could be heard in parliament I would be shouting from the roof tops that imprisonment would follow any knife crime,and not a stupid open prison either. Whats happening to our world when the people in power are allowing thier powers to be diminished at the expense of the very people they are meant to protect? A good example was on BBC2 last night which showed how Sheffield Police are being made fools of by not just kids causing trouble,but by thier targets which are impossible to meet. I cant say crime always pays,but what with the cuts and the demoralisation of the thin blue line,watch this space. Less police,no real punishments, hence more crime coming to a town near you! Appalling from our MP,s Im sorry to say.

Reply Posted by True red on Wednesday June 25 2014 at 13:49
They r too busy stabbing each other in the back to care if we can walk down our own steets in safety with out being threatened by a knife carrying thug