City MP backs calls for tougher curfews

Lincoln MP Karl McCartney is backing government proposals for tougher community sentences that aim to keep the streets safer, by forcing offenders to spend longer in their homes.

The plans are to extend the maximum daily curfew time from 12 to 16 hours, and the period for which they can be imposed from six to 12 months.

Currently offenders cannot be confined to their homes for more than 12 hours a day.

McCartney said: “These tougher curfew conditions will keep offenders in our city and county off our streets for longer, stop them socialising, or creating further anti-social behaviour in the evenings and keep them away from situations that could land them in trouble again.

“This is part of the Government’s proposals to reform the Criminal Justice System and will help to keep communities safe whilst important work is done with offenders to turn them away from a life of crime,” added the Conservative MP.

“In some cases longer curfews will curb the anti-social behaviour of some individuals that blights the lives of Lincoln’s citizens and stems from an associated problem with alcohol being consumed in copious amounts in public places within our city.”