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Home owners and “have-a go-heroes” have for the first time been given the legal right to defend themselves against burglars and muggers free from fear of prosecution.
Originally posted by budski
BUT, any householder, or a person being mugged or robbed has always had the right under english law to protect themselves, providing only reasonable force is used - this law is only to take into account the evel of force used and whether it was justified.
Originally posted by johnsky
Excellent. Now if only the rest of the commonwealth countries can get on board.
I don't know about that part that says you can't wait and ambush a criminal who is breaking in. If you've seen him breaking in, and he hasn't seen you, what are you supposed to do (other than call the police)... pretend you didn't see him, and wait for another noise so you can pretend to be taken by surprise?