Wiltshire's police and crime commissioner welcomed proposed chances to sentencing rules.

It follows announcements earlier this week by Justice Secretary and South Swindon MP Robert Buckland that the most serious offenders can expect to serve longer behind bars.

Killers aged under-21 could soon be sentenced to life behind bars, those sentenced to four to seven years for serious crimes like rape would no longer automatically be released after serving half their sentence and punishments for "third strike" burglars could be increased.

The changes have proven controversial with some. The Prison Reform Trust said the government was "reheating the failed policies" of previous administrations.

However, the proposals would also see the introduction of sobriety tags to check the progress of alcoholic offenders and "problem solving courts".

Crime commissioner Angus Macpherson said: "Punishment and rehabilitation is not a one fits all solution. These proposed changes are about making investments to give offenders a better chance of rehabilitating so they can rebuild their lives and integrating back into society.”