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New bill gives police more powers to take zero-tolerance approach to crime

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The Home Office has announced the new Crime and Justice Bill. This is joint legislation from Home Office and Ministry of Justice.

ASB and community cohesion

The Criminal Justice Bill includes further steps to tackle antisocial behaviour, including strengthening the accountability of community safety partnerships by giving police and crime commissioners more levers to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Measures to crack down on anti-social behaviour will include:

  • Tougher action on knife crime (including: creating a power to seize, retain and destroy bladed articles found on private property; increase the maximum penalty for sale of dangerous weapons to under 18s; and creation of a criminal offence to possess a bladed article with the intent to cause harm),
  • Tougher action on drugs by expanding police powers to drug test more suspects on arrest.
  • Pursuing all reasonable lines of enquiry, by creating a power to enter a premises without a warrant to seize stolen goods such as phones and expansion of the lawful purposes by which the police can access the DVLA driving licence database.

Click here to view a summary of the Bill.

Click here to view the entire Bill.

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