Justice Secretary Jack Straw today admitted that the practice of warning young offenders that Santa Claus might not bring them a present if they don’t behave themselves all year may not be tough enough.
The admission follows criticism of the ‘overly lenient’ policy from Victim support groups. ‘We all know Father Christmas isn’t really going to withhold presents come Christmas Eve’ said a spokesman, ‘not that you actually need a new i-pod if you’ve already nicked one from some bloke in an underpass.’
Human rights groups have also condemned the disclosure of criminal records data to a third party. ‘Apparently this Santa even sees you when you’re sleeping and knows when you’re awake.’ said Liberty’s Shami Chakrabarti, ‘This is a serious misuse of CCTV images.’
The Courts are now to trial a much stiffer alternative expected to make youngsters think twice about committing crimes, by getting offenders to write thank-you letters for all items they steal.