ACID attacks could soon carry life sentences, the government revealed yesterday in a planned crackdown on corrosive substances that would see them reclassified as dangerous weapons.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd promised an overhaul of current guidelines would ensure those who use noxious liquids as a weapon “feel the full force of the law.”
She said: “I am clear that life sentences must not be reserved for acid attack survivors.”
Proposals to ensure acid and other corrosive substances can be classed as dangerous weapons are among the changes included in the shake-up.
The government will also aim to put in place measures which restrict the sale of such substances by retailers, Ms Rudd said.
The move is part of a new strategy to crackdown on acid attacks following a recent spate of high-profile incidents, including five assaults which took place in just 90 minutes in east London on Thursday.
Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said: “With very few prosecutions it is clear that we do not have the tools necessary to investigate and prevent these attacks.”
She pointed out that the Tories have cut police numbers by over 20,000.