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Police Commissioner candidate backs calls for death penalty
10:51am Tuesday 30th October 2012 in News
CALLS to bring back the death penalty for child murderers are being supported by a candidate standing in the forthcoming police commissioner elections.
UKIP candidate Hilary Jones has voiced her support for Wirral MEP Paul Nuttall who believes serial killers should pay the ultimate price for their crimes.
Ms Jones said she would fight for a referendum to be held on the subject if she was given the role of police and crime commissioner for Merseyside.
She said: “If elected I would lobby for a referendum to be held on this subject to let the public decide.
“I am right behind Mr Nuttall when it comes to tougher sentences for criminals.”
UKIP deputy leader Mr Nuttall said “soft-sentencing” must become a thing of the past and all crimes must be dealt with appropriately.
He said: “It is time that those who commit such heinous crimes should face the ultimate sanction against them.
"We so recently had two women police officers blasted to death in Manchester and all our brave bobbies face similar risks every day. They deserve all the protection the State can provide and I believe that means the death penalty awaiting culprits.
"And the same should apply to those who murder children and for serial killers. We must lay down a mark in the sand beyond which the ultimate price must be paid by offenders.
"People have had more than enough of soft sentencing in this country and it must be made plain that crime will not be tolerated. That starts from low level anti-social behaviour, which needs to be dealt with firmly, and goes up to murder.
"The Police Federation support introducing the death penalty for those who kill police officers and I back them in that aim," he said.
The PCC elections take place on November 15.
Other candidates standing for Merseyside are:
Geoffrey Gubb – Conservative
Jane Kennedy – Labour
Kiron Reid – Independent
Paul Rimmer – English Democrats
Paula Keaveney – Liberal Democrats