– Justice Secretary Chris Grayling
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.
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.