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Home owners who attack burglars will not face arrest or prosecution unless they use “grossly disproportionate” violence, the new Justice Secretary will announce today.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph Mr Grayling said that he wanted to “finally lay the issue to rest once and for all” following a series of high-profile cases where home owners who have confronted criminals have been arrested. He said:
The current law on householders and the criminal law of self defence states;
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling is to change the law 'at the first opportunity' to give stronger legal safeguards to those who use force to protect their family or property.
He will propose;
The change in law comes after Britain's most senior judge reinforced the notion that a person's home is their castle, saying furious householders have the right to get rid of burglars in their homes and were not expected to remain calm when confronted by intruders.
Frightened householders who over-react when confronted by burglars will get more protection under Government plans, the new Justice Secretary will say today.
Chris Grayling plans to change the law to ensure even householders who react in a way that may seem disproportionate in the cold light of day will be protected from prosecution.
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Frightened homeowners who react when confronted by burglars will get more protection under new plans, the Justice Secretary will announce.