Tougher violent crime sentences

From today, offenders will receive life terms if they commit a second serious offence for crimes such as rape, armed robbery and inflicting grievous bodily harm. It is part of a series of new sentences and criminal offences that have come into force.

Grayling on new sentences and criminal offences

Criminals should be in no doubt they will be punished for their crimes, with those who commit the most serious offences receiving the most severe sentences.

Anyone who commits two very serious sexual or violent offences will get a life sentence, those who try to destroy our communities by threatening and endangering people with knives will face a mandatory custodial sentence and those who devastate lives by dangerous driving will face the harshest penalties.

– Justice Secretary Chris Grayling

The new offences and sentences introduced

From today, a series of new offences and sentences come into effect under the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

They include:

  • ‘Two strikes’ - Mandatory life sentence for people convicted of a second very serious sexual or violent offence
  • New Extended Determinate Sentence - sentence for dangerous criminals convicted of serious sexual and violent crimes with no automatic release from prison halfway through their sentence.
  • Knife possession - Anyone who uses a knife or offensive weapon to threaten and endanger others will face a mandatory custodial sentence.
  • Dangerous driving - causing serious injury by dangerous driving will carry a maximum five year custodial sentence.

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Tougher jail sentences for violent crime

Tough new jail sentences for knife-wielding attackers and other serious criminals come into force today.

The "two strikes and out" rule will see offenders given life terms if they commit a second serious offence for crimes such as rape, armed robbery and inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling: "Criminals should be in no doubt they will be punished for their crimes" Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

It is part of a series of new sentences and criminal offences that have been introduced in the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

The Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said: "Criminals should be in no doubt they will be punished for their crimes, with those who commit the most serious offences receiving the most severe sentences.

New sentences and criminal offences come into effect

From today, a series of new offences and sentences come into force, that have been introduced under the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

They include the offence of aggravated knife possession. Anyone who uses a knife or offensive weapon to threaten and endanger others will face a mandatory custodial sentence.

Additionally, a "two strikes and out" rule will see offenders being given a mandatory life sentence if they commit a second serious offence for crimes such as rape, armed robbery and inflicting grievous bodily harm.