Thief who demanded cash from elderly couple in their home spared jail after victims accept his apology Lewis Burns, 21, smashed window and terrified couple in their seventiesThey forgave him after hearing of his previous good character | UPDATED: 15:05 GMT, 17 December 2012 Previous good character: Lewis Burns was spared jail A burglar who smashed his way into a sheltered housing complex and demanded cash from elderly residents has been let off prison after his victims accepted his apology.
Nine out of 10 knife yobs don't go to prison with 20% escaping with just a cautionFigures come as Government introduces new offence with aim of jailing more offenders | UPDATED: 08:58 GMT, 7 December 2012 Nine out of 10 youths caught in possession of a knife walk free without being locked up, new figures show.
All knife thugs will be sent to prison, says Justice Secretary after figures show one in five escape with a cautionMandatory prison sentence for 'aggravated knife crime' Offenders face a maximum of four years’ imprisonment or a minimum of six months | UPDATED: 09:45 GMT, 3 December 2012 Tough stance: Justice Secretary Chris Grayling wants prison sentences for knife crimes Knife-wielding thugs will no longer be able to escape with only a caution, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has vowed. The Cabinet minister said anyone who uses a knife to threaten others in a public place will be jailed. Of the 4,207 people arrested for carrying knives this spring, only 951 – 22 per cent – were sent to prison.
'Can we stab you every week' Probe into sickening anti-semitic West Ham chants which mocked Spurs fans attacked in ItalyTwo West Ham fans arrested and cautioned over chants | UPDATED: 17:04 GMT, 26 November 2012 The Football Association has launched an investigation into the vile chanting by some West Ham fans at Tottenham yesterday. Spurs’ 3-1 Barclays Premier League win was overshadowed by sickening songs about the stabbings of the Tottenham fans in Rome last week. Anti-Semitic taunts were also heard, along with persistent hissing and references to Adolf Hitler.
Scrap law on 'insulting words and behaviour' that censors free speech, MPs urgeLaw has 'disproportionate impact on freedom of expression’, say MPs and peers | UPDATED: 23:25 GMT, 26 November 2012 Controversial legislation that criminalises ‘insulting’ words and behaviour should be scrapped, MPs and peers urged yesterday. The law – which has been used to arrest a Christian preacher, a critic of Scientology and a student who made a joke – has a ‘disproportionate impact on freedom of expression’, the Joint Committee on Human Rights said. In a report, it recommended that ministers accept an amendment which would remove the ‘insulting’ offence from the Public Order Act.