People who tip off terrorists or fail to report suspects to face longer prison sentences

People who fail to report terrorists to police or tip them off about investigations could have “unduly lenient” sentences increased as part of an ongoing crackdown.

Nine terror-related offences are being added to a scheme that saw more than 400 years of imprisonment added to 141 criminals’ sentences last year.

The Attorney General said that in the vast majority of court cases the “judiciary get it right”, but the expanding programme allows sentences to be adjusted at the request of victims or the public.

“The scheme gives anyone the ability to challenge sentences within the scheme they think are too low and I’m pleased that more offences will now be included,” Jeremy Wright QC said.

The Government said the extension showed ministers were “acting to ensure sentences reflect the devastating impact terrorism has on victims and communities”, following a record year of terror arrests in a period that saw five attacks hit the UK and nine plots foiled.

Dominic Raab, the justice minister, said counter-terrorism powers were under constant review, adding: “These changes will strengthen our ability to punish and deter those who tip off individuals involved in terrorism, and reinforce the conditions imposed by the authorities on individuals subject to monitoring, supervision or control.”

The Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme gives anyone the power to ask the Attorney General to review a sentence and refer a case to the Court of Appeal for reconsideration.

The new crimes being added cover incidents where someone learns of terrorist activity through their work and fails to report information to the police, such as an accountant discovering a client is funding a proscribed group. 

They will also see punishments increased for breaching orders imposed to protect the public, including powers to ban suspected Isis fighters who return to the UK.

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