News 18 August 2019

UK Home Secretary announces curfews for 12-year-olds

18 August 2019

Children aged 12 and over will be subject to a curfew if they are suspected to ever be likely to carry a knife under new plans announced by the Home Secretary.

Priti Patel will draft the new guidance as part of a new version of the Offensive Weapons Act which is expected to be published on Thursday.

The new curfews will also include plans similar to the current antisocial behaviour order laws which prevent individuals from socialising with certain other people and ban them from certain areas.

In a statement, Priti Patel said, “We are cracking down on violent crime, which has a devastating impact on victims, their families, and our communities. Our Offensive Weapons Act will help to stop acids and knives making their way onto our streets and being used to carry out horrifying attacks”.

The news comes a week after the Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces new stop and search powers for UK police officers and tougher sentences for offenders.

Boris said, “In the last five years, we have seen literally hundreds of convicted rapists who have come out of prison commit another sexual offence. This cannot go on. I am afraid that as a society we have no choice but to insist on tougher sentencing laws for serious sexual and violent offenders”.

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