SHOPPERS in Solihull town centre believe a strong message needs to be sent to those who took part in the recent riots.
An e-petition which has received more than 100,000 signatures has called for those convicted to lose any benefits they’re on.
Mark Walter, aged 44, agrees, claiming that people do it because they don’t understand the consequences.
The Solihull resident said: “Something more needs to be done otherwise it could happen again.”
Others agree, with many people thinking prison sentences aren’t enough for the level of crime committed.
A Yardley woman, who didn’t want to be named, said that the culprits should be stripped of their benefits..
“If people are willing to commit the crime, then we shouldn’t be giving them money,” said the 31-year-old.
Others argued that although more needed to be done, stopping benefits was the wrong approach.
Linda Pool, aged 48 from Shirley said it was hard to decide what the best option was.
She added: “In some respects, why should we give them money when they’re taking what they fancy, but if we stopped, it could make the situation much worse.”
Andrew Hill, of Acocks Green, said we have to be careful how it is handled as it may cause ill-feeling and more trouble.
The 52-year-old said: “These people should serve full prison sentences at the very least for this mindless crime.”
David Cameron has pledged that any petition that receives 100,000 signatures will be debated in Parliament.