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Dangerous dogs sentencing consultation begins

People who train dogs to be aggressive and use them as a weapon could face the toughest penalties under new sentencing guidelines.

The Sentencing Council has drafted new guidance for courts after maximum sentences were increased last year.

Metropolitan Police dog handlers removing a pitbull during a raid. Credit: PA Wire

The guidelines are out for public consultation from today until June 9 - people are being asked for their views on the factors that should be taken into account when punishing someone for the offence.

At least 21 people, including 13 children, have died in England and Wales in the past 10 years from dog attacks.