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."