A poppy flower as tribute to the victims of last week's attacks in Westminster is seen on Westminster Bridge in central London, Britain on March 28, 2017. (Xinhua/Han Yan)
LONDON, Oct.3 (Xinhua) -- People under 18 will be banned from buying acid under proposals, Britain's Interior Minister Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced Tuesday.
Rudd's proposals, announced at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, follows a series of unprovoked attacks, particularly in London, which has seen innocent victims having acid thrown into their faces.
New laws will make it illegal for people to carry acid in public without good reason.
Rudd announced a new offence to prevent the sale of acids to under 18. She also said it was her intention to drastically limit the public sale of sulphuric acid, the deadly material used, Rudd said, in the production of so-called "mother of Satan" homemade explosives.
Unveiling her get-tough policy, Rudd said: "Acid attacks are absolutely revolting. We have all seen the pictures of victims that never fully recover. Endless surgeries. Lives ruined."
Rudd also said she planned action to prevent children purchasing knives online, in what was another move to make communities safer.
Also announced by Rudd was a tightening of British laws to tackle individuals looking at terrorism material online.
"We will change the law, so that people who repeatedly view terrorist content online could face up to 15 years in prison. This will close an important gap in legislation. At present, the existing offence applies only if you have downloaded or stored such material," she said.
Rudd said people accessing information about police or armed forces for the purpose of preparing an act of terrorism could also face up to 15 years in prison.
She said: "We have seen what could be interpreted as a shift towards crude attacks, with lone or few attackers, using everyday items. There also appears to be a trend towards shorter timescales, from aspiration to attacks. If we're going to keep people safe we need to disrupt plots in their early stages."
Rudd said that while there had been five terror attacks in London and Manchester this year, Britain's security services had succeeded in stopping a further seven attacks.