knife crime

Hull North MP backs tougher sentences for knife crime

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today backed a Commons move to introduce tougher sentencing for the repeated possession of a knife.

The amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill was passed by 404 votes to 53, with Lib Dem MPs opposing the crackdown.

It will mean that adults receive a minimum six month jail term on their second conviction for carrying a knife. 16-year-olds would be given at least a four-month detaining and training order.