Labour 'welcomes' decision to extend Hall's sentence

Labour has said it "welcomes" the decision by the Court of Appeal judges to double ex-BBC presenter Stuart Hall's sentence for indecently assaulting girls as young as nine:

We called for this review because the courts must take a consistently tough approach to sentencing child abusers.

It is very important for victims to know they will be taken seriously and that it is worth while coming forward because we need them to help ensure that these abusive manipulative men are brought to justice and are given the punishment they deserve.

– Shadow Attorney-General Emily Thornberry

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Stuart Hall's sentence doubled

Appeal judges have ruled that the 15-month jail sentence given to former BBC presenter Stuart Hall for indecent assault was "unduly lenient" and doubled to 30 months. He admitted 14 counts relating to girls aged between nine and 17.