Delyn MP David Hanson has backed the new Serious Crime Act to help tackle serious organised crime.
The new Act provides police with strong powers to crack down on serious crime and will help deliver the Government’s strategy to tackle serious organised crime and target the behaviour of those who profit from damage to our communities.
Through new civil Serious Crime Prevention Orders, individuals or organisations will have conditions imposed on them to prevent illegal activity, such as being prohibited from associating with known criminals. There will be a new power for the police to stop and search for offensive weapons without requiring reasonable suspicion in a locality, for a limited period of time, where a serious violent incident has taken place. The Act also provides measures to allow greater information sharing between public and private sectors for the prevention and detection of fraud.
David Hanson said:
“I want to ensure that the police have the powers at their disposal to tackle serious crime and the Government is determined to do everything possible to prevent it, detect it and to make sure that criminals do not benefit from it.
“The new Serious Crime Prevention Orders will allow the courts to put restrictions on those proved to be involved in serious crime and prevent them operating.
“These measures have been introduced to tackle serious criminals by disrupting their operations and ensuring they do not benefit from the harm they cause to the public. They will also ensure those more loosely connected with serious criminal groups cannot avoid prosecution.”