25th > April > 2004 Archive

The Register breaking news

10 years jail for false ID - Blunkett PR deploys rattle of shackles

UK Home Secretary David Blunkett is set to publish his draft national identity card bill, and according to weekend reports is expected to announce a new offence of possession of a false document, maximum penalty ten years in prison, as he does so. This plugs a major hole in UK law, we are told by the public prints, because "It is currently not an offence to possess a false document unless it has been used in the commission of another crime" (The Guardian)