substance warning - David Keane, cheshire police crime commissioner

Cheshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has warned criminals involved in corrosive substance attacks that they face tough action.

David Keane’s warning comes after a substance attack in Lymm, and a number of high profile cases in London and other parts of the UK.

The Commissioner (pictured) is also joining MPs’ calls for an urgent review into corrosive substances legislation.

Acid and bleach products, found in most households, can lead to life-changing injuries if thrown onto victim’s faces or skin.

Nationally, there has been an increase in such crimes in the UK, leading to MPs and the Government considering tougher penalties for this form of crime.

Potentially, the Government could also introduce changes to current laws.

This could include age and volume restrictions on sale of acid and bleach products – similar to legislation around other restricted products like alcohol and tobacco.

Mr Keane said: “Corrosive material attacks such as this are a vicious and cowardly crime that can often leave victims with devastating injuries.

“One of my main policing priorities is to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour and this kind of criminal act will be dealt with very seriously.

“It is important we get the message out that we will not tolerate these kind of crimes in Cheshire and remind people they could face a lengthy prison sentence.

“As well as urging the Government to take decisive action and act, I will also be ensuring Cheshire Police does all it can to deal very forcibly with such crimes, and to look at how we can work to prevent them.”

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