IT’S disappointing that Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s latest measures to curb the spate of recent acid attacks seems far too little.

Criminals who repeatedly carry acid in public will automatically be sent to prison under a “two strikes and you’re out” rule. Adults caught with a corrosive substance for the second time will serve at least six months under proposed laws.

This is in response to the horrific acid attacks that have seen a variety of people – from a pizza delivery man to two people sitting in a car – sprayed with corrosive substances. In some cases, long-term scarring or even blindness have resulted.

Frankly, the response is insufficient. There is no good reason why anyone would be carrying acid around with them anyway. The public needs to know the Government is cracking down on such thugs and the only way is a much tougher and immediate sentence as a deterrent.