Tough new powers aimed at cutting crime by a further 15 per cent have been unveiled by the Labour Party.

Home Secretary Charles Clarke announced a ten-point plan to "fight back against thugs".

It included a proposed new Violent Crime Reduction Bill, to be introduced within weeks of a Labour victory at the General Election, which would tackle the use of replica firearms and knives.

Also under the plan, hooligans responsible for antisocial behaviour would be publicly named and shamed so local people knew who was responsible for any trouble.

Labour leader Tony Blair promised action to ensure a "visible uniformed presence" in every community.

Mr Blair said police numbers were at record levels and he planned to add another 20,000 community support officers to the 4,000 already on the streets.

"On any basis, crime has fallen since we came to office," Mr Blair said. "Yet we know that for many people in local communities it doesn't feel like that."

Mr Clarke said: "The fight against crime, and particularly violent crime and antisocial behaviour, is a number one priority for Labour.

"It is under a Labour Government that overall crime has fallen by 30 per cent and violent crime by 26 per cent but of course we want this to fall further.

"That is why we commit to reducing all crime by a further 15 per cent and within that to ensure that violent crime continues to fall."