Peter Aldous calls for Government strategy to combat increase in acid attacks

8th March 2016

Peter Aldous calls on the Government to bring forward a strategy to combat increase in acid attacks, including the need for tougher sentences.

Peter Aldous (Waveney) (Con): In 2013, my constituent Adele Bellis was the victim of an acid attack. There has been a significant increase in such attacks in the past three to four years. I would be grateful if the Secretary of State could confirm that the Government will bring forward a strategy to address this, particularly the need for tougher sentences. Adele has shown great courage, but she has to live with that attack for the rest of her life.

Mr Raab: I thank my hon. Friend for his comments. That is an absolutely appalling case, and all cases of that kind are absolutely abhorrent. I would certainly be willing to hear from him about the specifics of the case, and we will of course look to see whether there is a case for additional sentencing powers over and above those that we already have.

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