Member of Parliament for Clacton

Douglas Carswell

16 JUN 2014

Knife Crime: MP backs plan to introduce harsher penalties for those carrying knives

Local MP Douglas Carswell will back an amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill tomorrow calling for tougher penalties for those found carrying knives.

Clauses 6 and 7 would introduce a mandatory minimum sentence of imprisonment of 6 months for a second conviction of unlawful possession of a knife. This would mean that if an individual is found carrying a knife for the second time, they will go to prison.

"I back this amendment because I think it is important that those carrying knives know that they are not going to get off lightly" said Douglas. "There have been a spate of knife crimes committed in Clacton in recent months and it must stop; we need tougher penalties and a better deterrent".

"Mandatory prison sentences will not only deter would-be criminals from carrying knives, but will also ensure that those who flout the law and carry a knife will be taken off the streets- this is a good thing for local folk who want to see an end to knife crime in the area" Douglas added.

Clauses 6 and 7 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill will come before the House of Commons on Tuesday 17 June 2014.

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