Evesham's MP welcomes 'zero-tolerance' approach to crime - The Evesham Observer

Evesham's MP welcomes 'zero-tolerance' approach to crime

Evesham Editorial 23rd Nov, 2023   0

NIGEL Huddleston MP has welcomed the Criminal Justice Bill, which aims to bolster public safety, strengthen law enforcement capabilities, and reinforce a zero-tolerance approach to crime.

The bill is set to give police greater powers to combat knife crime, antisocial behaviour, theft, and drug-related offences.

Under the bill, police are empowered to retrieve stolen goods without a warrant and signal jammers used for car theft are banned.

A key aspect of the bill is its strong emphasis on protecting victims, ensuring that their voices are heard, and that offenders are held accountable.

Measures of note include the power to seize, retain, and destroy knives found on private property, the creation of a new offence of possessing a knife with the intent to use it violently, and the provision of additional authority for judges to compel offenders to attend court when their sentences are handed out.

The bill also commits to better protecting women and girls. The government will create a package of offences tackling intimate images without consent—such as ‘downblousing’—and will ensure that the police and prosecutors are empowered to tackle this behaviour.

Nigel Huddleston MP said:

“The recently announced Criminal Justice Bill reflects the government’s commitment to a zero-tolerance approach to crime. I know this is an issue that many of my constituents care deeply about.

“I welcome the measures it introduces to protect the public from criminals and to empower our police to cut crime and keep our neighbourhoods safe.”

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