Hampshire’s crime commissioner wants to see tougher sentences

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THE man leading Hampshire’s police force wants to look at the way criminal sentences are handed out.

Simon Hayes, the county’s independent Police and Crime Commissioner, said on Twitter he didn’t think the 23-month jail term given to Freddie Field, 28, who ran over a police officer on his bicycle in Southsea last year, was long enough.

Mr Hayes said that while judges are independent in their decisions, he wants to see if changes can be made.

John Apter, chairman of the Hampshire Police Federation, responded to the tweet by saying he was pleased Mr Hayes plans to take up the issue.