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Acid attackers 'could be jailed for life'

CRACKDOWN: Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced a review into acid attack sentences.

PEOPLE WHO carry out acid attacks could be jailed for life as part of plans for a massive Government crackdown, the Evening Standard reports.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced a review will be undertaken into punishments for the brutal attacks after six moped riders were doused with corrosive liquid on London’s streets in just 24 hours.

Rudd said she wanted attackers who use noxious liquids as a weapon to “feel the full force of the law” in the proposed overhaul of current sentence guidelines.

"I am clear that life sentences must not be reserved for acid attack survivors," she wrote in the Sunday Times.

Proposals to ensure acid and other corrosive substances can be classed as dangerous weapons are among the changes suggested.

The Government will also aim to put in place measures which restrict the sale of such substances by retailers, Rudd said.

The Home Office said it will work with police and the Ministry of Justice to assess whether powers available to the courts, including sentencing, are sufficient.

"Today I am announcing an action plan to tackle acid attacks. It will include a wide-ranging review of the law enforcement and criminal justice response, of existing legislation, of access to harmful products and of the support offered to victims."

The Government will also aim to put in place measures which restrict the sale of such substances by retailers, Ms Rudd said.

A string of five assaults were allegedly carried out in east and north London on Thursday and have since been linked by Scotland Yard. On Friday another acid attack was reported in Dagenham, east London.

The Home Office said it will work with police and the Ministry of Justice to assess whether powers available to the courts, including sentencing, are sufficient.

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