UK PM Johnson says important to enforce terrorism sentences after London Bridge attack

The scene on London Bridge in the aftermath of a reported shooting, in London, Britain, November 29, 2019 in this still image obtained from a social media video. LUKE POULTON via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday it was important to enforce terrorism-related sentences, as The Times newspaper reported that a London knife attacker had been convicted of an “Islamist terrorism-related offence” and released from prison about a year ago.

“It is a mistake to allow serious and violent criminals to come out of prison early and it is very important that we get out of that habit and that we enforce the appropriate sentences for dangerous criminals, especially for terrorists,” Johnson said.

Britons head to the polls on Dec. 12 to elect a new government.

Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Mike Collett-White