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Lincolnshire PCC has welcomed the Queen's speech

  • Last Updated: 17-12-2019 at 11:12

A Queen’s Speech which has focused on crime and justice has been welcomed by Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones.

The package of bills announced today include seven relating to crime and justice.

They include:

  • A sentencing Bill to keep serious criminals in prison for longer, impose tougher sentences on foreign offenders who return to the UK and provide better protection for victims of domestic abuse. The Bill will change the automatic release point from halfway to two thirds for adult offenders serving sentences of four years or more for serious violence or sexual offences.
  • A bill to “drastically” increase the sentences for foreign criminals who return to the UK in breach of a deportation order, a move ministers say will help disrupt the activities of international crime gangs.
  • Proposed legislation will make it easier for police to arrest internationally wanted fugitives who are the subject of an Interpol Red notice without the need to apply for a UK arrest warrant, a process that can take a minimum of six to eight hours.
  • The programme includes a “Helen’s Law” bill, named after 22-year-old Helen McCourt who was murdered in 1988, to deny parole to murderers who withhold information about their victims.
  • The Government will also bring back the Domestic Abuse Bill which fell as a result of Mr Johnson’s unlawful suspension of Parliament last month.

Other measures include strengthening environmental protections, reforming adult social care and improving the NHS, and raising living standards through increasing the national living wage to £10.50 an hour.

Mr Johnson said in a statement: “People are rightly horrified by the spate of violent crime plaguing our streets, including the sickening rise in knife-related homicides.”

PCC Marc Jones said the measures set out in the speech were a perfect combination of measures set out to “punish criminals, protect victims and keep our communities safe”.

“I’m delighted by the legislative programme set out by the Government today and I’m sure it will be roundly welcomed by the people of Lincolnshire.

“The proposed bills will underpin and strengthen the work I do every day to ensure we punish criminals, protect victims and keep our communities safe.

“We have already made tremendous strides in all these areas but this Government determination to protect our residents will certainly reinforce those continued efforts.”