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.