In the Media

Blunkett plans 10-year jail term for possessing false ID

PUBLISHED April 26, 2004

The government will announce its intention to create an offence of being in possession of a false document when it unveils plans for a compulsory national identity card scheme on Monday.

The offence, with a maximum penalty of 10 years' jail, is partly designed to answer critics who say that however secure the new identity cards are made, organised crime will find a way of forging them.