Assaults as a result of Challenging for Proof of Age to be an 'aggravating factor' in sentencing
Assaults as a result of Challenging for Proof of Age to be an 'aggravating factor' in sentencing (Version 1.0)Uploaded by Tony Allen, 02/12/21 08:40 The UK Home Office have tabled an amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill that will make it an aggravating factor in sentencing for assaults if the victim was a shop worker, bar staff, or any other person discharging a public duty, such as challenging young customers to prove their age when purchasing age restricted goods.
The amendment, tabled at report stage on 1st December 2021, comes on the back of a long campaign by Trade Unions, Trade Associations and providers of age restricted goods and services to have the particular trigger point for astonishing levels of abuse and violence against front line staff when challenging for ID recognised by the courts. The amendment does not create a new offence (unlike in Scotland), but it does require courts to take this into account in sentencing and to state in open court how they have addressed the aggravating factors.
It is worth noting that the scope of the amendment is much wider than just this factor, but it is this factor that is of most interest to this Expert Panel. The terms of the amendment are uploaded in the attachment.