MP raises the recent ‘noxious substance’ assault in Dartford during Parliamentary questions

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson today asked the Justice Secretary about the sentencing for those committing noxious substance attacks following an assault in the town on Sunday.

During Justice questions in the House of Commons, on Tuesday morning, Mr Johnson said: “A deeply concerning incident took place in my constituency at the weekend involving an assault using a noxious substance. 

“Can I ask the Secretary of State for a clear commitment that not only will the sale and possession of acid be targeted, but also to ensure that those who are guilty of these despicable and evil crimes receive significant terms of imprisonment?”

In response Justice Secretary David Gauke said: “I am grateful to my honourable friend for raising a very serious incident and attacks like these are truly dreadful with life changing consequences and anyone committing such acts must feel the full force of the law. That is why the Offensive Weapons Bill, currently in the Lords, will change the law to stop the sale of acid to under 18s and make it an offence to possess a corrosive substance in a public place. It is for the independent courts to determine the sentence handed down in individual cases but is already the case for any offense with the use of a weapon, including acid will be treated as an aggravating factor meriting an increased sentence.”