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Criminals caught in possession of acid or another corrosive substance more than once will face an automatic jail sentence of at least six months under government plans announced on Saturday (Richard Ford writes).
Amber Rudd, the home secretary, has proposed a “two strikes and you’re jailed” rule to tackle the surge in attacks that have maimed victims for life. It would mirror the law for repeat offenders caught in possession of knives.
Rudd also wants tougher restrictions on the sale of knives online and to extend the ban on possessing knives on school premises to colleges and universities.
This month the government announced plans to create an offence of possession of a corrosive substance in public without a good or lawful reason, and to ban the sale of the most dangerous substances to those aged 18 and under.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Justice is to increase the maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving from 14 years to life, The Sunday Times reported.
Life sentences will also be introduced for careless drivers who kill while under the influence of drink or drugs and a new offence of causing serious injury through careless driving will be created.
Dominic Raab, the justice minister, said: “Based on the seriousness of the worst cases, the anguish of the victims’ families, and maximum penalties for other serious offences such as manslaughter we intend to introduce life sentences of imprisonment for those who wreck lives by driving dangerously, drunk or high on drugs.”