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Victorian rioters could face jail time for covering their faces while offending

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Rioters at public events would face up to 15 years in prison under new laws to be considered by Parliament.

The new laws detailed in the Herald Sun would see tougher penalties for those who cover their faces while offending.

It comes after weapons including knives, a Taser and a knuckle duster were seized and dozens of people were arrested during Moomba this weekend.

Police arrested 65 people but say they prevented a repeat of last years Moomba riots over the weekend.

Assistant Commissioner Andrew Crisp says unlike last year, police were better prepared but it was a disappointing situation.

‘There would probably be in excess of 100 mainly young men and some women that seemed to be wanting to engage in disruptive behaviour.

‘It’s disappointing there is intent for them to get together and cause harm to the community,’ says the Assistant Commissioner.

Attorney-General Martin Pakula says the new laws, including 15 year maximum jail terms for rioting while wearing a mask, will act as a strong deterrent.

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