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Coalition row over proposals for tougher penalties for knife crime

A proposal for tougher penalties for knife crime has sparked a row within the coalition government.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling wants to impose a mandatory six-month jail term for any adult convicted of a second offence involving a knife.

But senior Liberal Democrats argue judges should be trusted to use their discretion.

Ross Hawkins reports from the BBC's Westminster studio.

  • 02 May 2014
  • From the section UK
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