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Salmond refuses to back jail call

FIRST Minister Alex Salmond has refused to back a call to extend a crackdown on housebreakers.

Over the festive period, a tough new prosecution policy means people charged with the crime face up to five years in jail rather than the normal one-year maximum sentence.

Conservative leader Ruth Davidson wants the policy to become standard.

"A crime in June is every bit as wrong as a crime in December," she said.

"The penalty for breaking into someone's home should be just as serious each and every day of the year.

"Most people will believe that a firm commitment to a permanent change is what's really needed."

Mr Salmond said: "Sentencing is a matter for the courts and for the Crown Office."

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