UK Politics

Conservative Party: Just two people receive maximum knife sentence

News   •   Dec 22, 2009 15:20 GMT

The Conservatives have stepped up their pressure on the Government over the way in which they are allowing serious offenders off too lightly with the revelation that just two people have received the new maximum sentence of four years for possession of a knife since 2007.

The Government has promised time and again that it will be tough on violent crime, but Conservatives revealed this week that the majority of violent offenders are let off with a caution.

The latest revelations about knife crime sentences show that even the most serious offenders are getting away with it.

Shadow Home Secretary, Chris Grayling, said:

“If Labour get in again offenders will get away with it again. Victims of knife crime are being ignored and are left feeling betrayed by Labour’s law and order policies.

“It's demoralising for the victims of knife crime if there is an expectation of a tough sentence for offenders which doesn't materialise in reality.

“We have to create a real disincentive for people who carry knives, and the fact that the supposed tough sentences just aren't happening sends out all the wrong messages.”