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Amber Rudd’s speech at the Conservative Conference yesterday included intentions to create new offences and introduce new measures to prevent a variety of crimes. 

Here’s a summary:

Child sexual abuse

The Home Secretary told the conference that the government were investing in ground-breaking technology, which partners in Canada have developed.  It’s called ‘Project Arachnid’, which is software that identifies images of child sexual abuse and allows internet companies to remove the images at an unprecedented rate.

Acid attacks

The government will introduce a new offence which will punish people who carry acid in public if they don’t have a good reason.

The government will prevent the sale of acid to under 18 year-olds and will drastically limit the public sale of sulphuric acid, which is also used in the manufacture of homemade explosives.

They are reviewing the law to deal with criminals who use mopeds to attack people in the streets, some of whom have been associated with acid attacks.


The government will create a new offence of repeatedly watching terrorist content online for which those found guilty could be sentenced to 15 years prison.

The government will also make it an offence to publish information about the police or armed services for the purpose of preparing an act of terrorism with a prison sentence of up to 15 years.

Knife crime

The Home Office will shortly be publishing their consultation outlining how they are going to ‘crack down’ on violent crime and offensive weapons. This is to be complemented next year with a new strategy to combat serious violence.

The government will introduce measures to prevent children from buying knives online.


The government will create new offences to protect women and girls and introduce a new Bill to support victims of domestic violence.

The government are considering tougher sentences for people who attack members of the emergency services.

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