MP calls for acid attack crackdown
PUBLISHED: 12:06 18 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:15 18 July 2017
Tougher sentences are needed for acid attackers because of the life-long implications their actions have on the victims, Waveney MP Peter Aldous has said.
Speaking during a debate in the House of Commons, Waveney MP Mr Aldous cited the case of Adele Bellis from Lowestoft, who was left disfigured after sulphuric acid was thrown over her in August 2014.
He said: “In Adele’s view, there is a need for clearer and tougher sentencing guidelines. It must never be forgotten that those who are victims of acid attacks carry a life sentence.”
There was cross-party agreement that more should be done to stop attacks. MPs backed tougher sentences as well as a crackdown on sales and a new criminal offence for carrying sulphuric acid.
Home secretary Amber Rudd has already indicated acid convictions could soon carry life sentences as part of a crackdown unveiled by the government, which includes a review of existing measures.