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House of Commons Hansard
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Corrosive Substances: Prosecutions
13 December 2018
Volume 651
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8. What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the CPS in prosecuting crimes involving corrosive substances. [908206]

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Corrosive substance attacks are unacceptable. There is no place in society for these horrendous crimes. Last month, the CPS successfully secured the conviction of nine men for carrying out a violent attack in which a corrosive substance was squirted at bystanders who tried to stop an assault in the street.

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What account is taken of gangs in this context?

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My right hon. Friend is right to raise the sad connection with gang offending. Sadly, corrosive substances are sometimes used as weapons by gangs in retribution and as a means of enforcement. The CPS guidance identifies that phenomenon and encourages prosecutors to apply for criminal behaviour orders to prevent such gang-related offending.