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New dangerous dog laws

New guidelines will be introduced today bringing tougher punishments for owners of dangerously out of control dogs which harm others public places.

The tougher approach could see sentences of up to 18 months in prison.

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The Sentencing Council: 'Guidelines encourage courts to use their full powers'

This new sentencing guideline encourages courts to use their full powers when dealing with offenders so that they are jailed where appropriate. It also gives guidance to courts on making the best use of their powers so that people can be banned from keeping dogs, genuinely dangerous dogs can be put down and compensation can be paid to victims.

– Anne Arnold, of the Sentencing Council

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