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Local Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate Swindon & Wiltshire Welcomes Sentencing Guidelines on Dangerous Dogs
Angus Macpherson Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) candidate for Swindon and Wiltshire, has today welcomed the Sentencing Councils guidelines for Dangerous Dog Offences.
Angus Macpherson said:
The control of dogs in our communities is of great public concern. With increasing numbers of convictions for offences involving dangerous dogs in recent years, this new guideline coming into force today will help ensure courts use their full powers when dealing with offenders. It means more offenders will face jail sentences, more will get community orders and fewer will receive discharges. I am particularly pleased that lack of control due to the influence of drugs or alcohol will increase the view of seriousness.
The Sentencing Council's guideline aims to provide clear guidance to judges and magistrates to encourage consistency in sentencing and appropriate sentences for owners of dangerous. Being a owner or person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control in a public place, injuring any person could lead to a 2 year custodial sentence.
For more information contact: Dirk Russell