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Government plans emergency legislation following terror attack

Government plans emergency legislation following terror attack

The government has said it plans to introduce emergency legislation to prevent terrorists from being automatically freed from prison halfway through their sentences.

On Sunday, Sudesh Amman was shot dead by armed police after he stabbed two people in an attack in Streatham, south London. Mr Amman had been released from prison just a week earlier, just halfway through a sentence of three years and four months for spreading extremist material.  

Speaking to the House of Commons on Monday, Justice Secretary Rober Buckland said;

"Yesterday's appalling incident makes the case plainly for immediate action,"

"We will therefore introduce emergency legislation to ensure an end to terrorist offenders getting released automatically having served half of their sentence with no check or review."

Under the legislation, those jailed for terror offences, including those currently in prison, will not be allowed to be released until at least two-thirds of their sentence has been served. Prisoners will also not be allowed to leave automatically at this stage, but will need the agreement of the parole board.

Of the two people stabbed in yesterday's incident, one person is believed to be making a steady recovery while another person has been discharged. A further woman is still in hospital after being hurt by glass as police shot Mr Amman.

The shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon criticised the government's cuts to the justice system in the last decade and said Labour would consider its new proposals.

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