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Dangerous dog owners to face tougher sentences

20 August 2012 Last updated at 07:09 BST

Owners of dangerous dogs in England and Wales are to face tougher penalties under new guidelines from the Sentencing Council.

The new advice aims to encourage the courts to use harsher sentences, meaning more offenders will face jail sentences, more will get community orders and fewer will get discharges.

Official figures show that there has been a rise in the number of people sentenced for dangerous dog offences.

Jon Ironmonger reports.