Tougher sentences will now be handed down to those who plan terror attacks in a bid to deter people from becoming involved in extremism.
The Sentencing Council has decided it’s time to clamp down on those spreading terror messages through encrypted messaging services such as Whatsapp.
It’s published draft guidelines calling for a sentencing range for the lowest-level crimes to be raised from 21 months to up to 6 years – definitely a step in the right direction.
The Chairman of the Sentencing Council, Lord Justice Treacy, said: “We want to ensure that courts have comprehensive guidance for dealing with these extremely serious cases. Offences vary greatly and could include someone who tries to make a bomb, another who urges others to join a terrorist organisation or a group plotting a murderous attack on the public.”
Justice Minister Dominic Raab said: “Having extended the scheme for appealing unduly lenient sentences to those who radicalise individuals or turn a blind eye to terrorism, these new guidelines will help ensure we have the most rigorous and robust sentencing in terrorism cases.”
It’s about time Britain got tougher on terror. Anyone with any kind of terrorist material in their possession, or anyone who fails to report a terror attack, should go to prison for a very, very long time.