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Targeting alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour, supporting people who "do the right thing" and reducing police paperwork all feature in the crime chapter of the draft manifesto

Chris Grayling head shoulders tie On the back of launches of the health and education draft chapters of the Conservative 2010 manifesto, today shadow home secretary Chris Grayling has published the draft crime chapter.

Most of it is summarising already announced policies, although there is a firm commitment to put the law on the side of those who try to stop a crime or apprehend a criminal for the first time.

You can download the document in full by clicking here, but here are some of the key points:

  • Councils to be allowed to shut down licensed premises serving alcohol to children;
  • Tax on super-strength beers, ciders and alcopops to be increased;
  • Off-licences and supermarkets to be banned from selling alcohol at below cost price;
  • Prison sentences for anyone carrying a knife;
  • The police will get instant sanctions to deal with anti-social behaviour;
  • Anyone acting reasonably to stop a crime or apprehend a criminal will not be arrested or prosecuted;
  • Greater protection for householders defending themselves against intruders;
  • Abolish the police stop form and reduce the burden of stop and search procedures;
  • Steps will be taken to prevent the misuse of surveillance powers by local authorities;
  • The police will be made accountable to a directly-elected individual who will set priorities for policing his/her local community;
  • Local crime data statistics to be published every month.
Jonathan Isaby


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