Cameron wants crackdown on violent films to curb crime

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Proposals ranging from a crackdown on violent films and video games to a review of police stop and search powers are contained in a raft of proposals to bear down on violent crime unveiled by David Cameron.

The Tory leader said that it was time to "declare that enough is enough" as he published a string of measures aimed at tackling lawlessness and reinvigorating social responsibility.

The document titled It's time to fight back said that a Conservative government would review the role of the British Board of Film Classification and video game watchdogs. It pledged to consult music producers "to ensure a constructive dialogue on social responsibility".

The document warned: "Extreme, casual and callous violence in a context of social indifference and moral ambiguity - and in the absence of counterbalancing influences from family, community and the wider culture - has a coarsening effect on the ethical sensibility of young people.

"We all have a responsibility to ensure a healthy culture for our children to grow up in. This includes not just the producers of films and video games but... relevant hardware and the regulators who determine age-related classification."

The document also included proposals to scrap the Government's early prisoner release scheme, in which non-violent prisoners may be freed 18 days before the end of their sentences.

Mr Cameron said a string of murders, culminating in the death of the 11-year-old Rhys Jones, "must serve as a line in the sand. Today I am calling on the country to fight back... against the gangs, the guns and the graffiti."