A bill introducing strict penalties for people wearing hoods who are caught vandalizing public property or disturbing the peace was tabled in Parliament last week.

The new tougher measures were introduced after hooded youths smashed up stores and cars in the up-market Athens district of Kolonaki last month.

The bill also contains provisions aimed at decongesting Greek jails and envisions the release of those imprisoned as a result of their inability to buy off relatively short prison terms.

It also foresees community service for mothers of children.