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.
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