Stiffer sentences introduced for thefts from war memorials

06 Oct 2015 10:03 AM | Anonymous

Stiffer sentences introduced for thefts from war memorials

Latest advice circulated to judges by Sentencing Council includes new category for assessing damage to heritage assets Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent

Thieves who steal valuable metal from war memorials or loot historic sites are likely to face tougher penalties under new sentencing guidelines.

A new category for assessing harm inflicted by offenders – “damage to heritage assets” – has been introduced in the latest advice to judges on theft offences circulated by the Sentencing Council

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