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Courts told to impose tougher sentences for damaging statues

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Courts in Norfolk have been told to hand out tougher sentences of up to 10 years for damaging statues.

A court circular document sent to judges and magistrates highlights sentencing changes coming into force this week that the government says close a loophole limiting prosecution of damage to memorials.

Protesters throwing statue of Edward Colston into Bristol harbour during a Black Lives Matter protest in 2020 - Credit: PA

The change that increases the maximum sentence from three months to 10 years imprisonment is in response to Black Lives Matter protests in 2020.

It also comes after four people, including Rhian Graham who grew up in Norfolk, were cleared of criminal damage after toppling a statue of........

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