Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Binley backs knife crime amendments

Brian Binley MP for Northampton South has supported amendments to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill which sends a very clear message to anyone thinking of engaging in knife crime.

The amendments mean that for the first time the youth justice system will recognise that if a knife is used in a threatening fashion the perpetrator will go to jail if aged 16 or 17, and for 15 year olds the chances of facing a custodial order are much higher.

16 and 17 year olds will face a minimum 4 month Detention and Training order, 2 months in custody, 2 months close supervision. Judges can increase the level of sentence by 2 month increments up to a maximum of two years.

Brian said: “These amendments which have gained the support of the Government sends a clear signal of intent to potential offenders that knife crime at this level will not be tolerated.”

“Legislation alone will not solve the problem of knife crime and much work needs to be done in respect of early year’s intervention programmes and education, but this law will provide a long overdue deterrent which could be seen as part of the solution to the problem.”

“The remaining stages of the Bill is to be debated in the House of Commons today and tomorrow and if the Bill is approved by Parliament I believe that we will have made a significant contribution to making the streets of Northampton and our Nation as a whole.”

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