The British public strongly supports tougher sentences for those involved in rioting according to a poll by Guardian/ICM.
The poll asked: “Do you think that people convicted of theft or other offences during the recent riots in London and elsewhere should or should not receive a tougher prison sentence than they might ordinarily expect, in order to set an example of them?” 70% of those asked said they believed offenders should receive a tougher sentence, while 25% believed that they should not. 5% said they did not know.
David Cameron has supported severe punishment for rioters, telling the House of Commons that anyone convicted should “expect to go to jail”. He added his support to the sentencing in the Facebook case, saying the court had decided to “send a tough message, I think it’s very good that courts are able to do that”. The prime minister has faced criticism for this stance with campaigners warning against “disproportionate” sentencing.
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