North West campaigners call for 'joint enterprise' review

Campaigners, including the Liverpool, playwright Jimmy McGovern calling for changes in the controversial joint enterprise law which allows the prosecution of members of a group or gang for murder when it cannot be proved which member of the group inflicted the fatal blow.

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10,000 sign petition against 'joint enterprise' law

The campaign against a controversial law which led to a Warrington teenager being convicted of murder has stepped up a gear.

Fifteen-year-old Jordan Cunliffe was jailed for the murder of Gary Newlove under joint enterprise, which allows people to be convicted for being at the scene of a crime even if they weren't directly involved.

Today a petition calling for a change in the law was handed in to Number 10 by campaigners.

In a statement, the Ministry of Justice said: "Joint enterprise law has enabled some of the most serious offenders to be brought to justice.

"It ensures that if a crime is committed by two or more people, all those involved can potentially be charged and convicted of that offence.

“We have considered the Justice Committee’s recommendations carefully and it would not be appropriate to launch a review of the law before the end of the Parliament.

"We also need to think carefully about the impact changing the law would have on the families of victims.”

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