Petition - Sentencing and illegal knife possession

– in the House of Commons am 11:45 pm ar 22 Ebrill 2024.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Annibynnol, West Suffolk 11:45, 22 Ebrill 2024

I rise to present a petition, on behalf of my constituents, about sentencing and illegal knife possession. The petition has been led by Bernice Barfield, a devoted mother from my West Suffolk constituency whose son Harley was tragically stabbed to death in Haverhill last year. He was just 16. I thank Bernice for all her time and effort in campaigning in memory of her son.

The petition states:

The petition of residents of the constituency of West Suffolk,

Declares that the rising incidence of illegal knife carrying in public poses a significant threat to public safety and calls for urgent intervention;
further declares that such incidents contribute to an atmosphere of fear and insecurity in our communities;
further that preventative measures are necessary to address this issue effectively;
further that the petitioners are of the opinion that a mandatory prison sentence for those caught carrying a knife illegally in public, coupled with a mandatory 6-month knife awareness course for rehabilitation, will act as a deterrent to contribute to the reduction of knife-related crimes;
and further that the rehabilitation program should aim to address the root causes of such behaviour and facilitate the offender's reintegration into society as law-abiding citizens.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Government to consider introducing measures which contribute to public safety and help address the root causes of illegal knife carrying, including introducing mandatory prison sentences for individuals caught carrying a knife illegally in public and implementing a mandatory 6-month knife awareness course for rehabilitation as part of the sentencing process.

And the petitioners remain, etc.