Self-defence intruder ordeal

Vincent Cooke tell ITV1's Tonight programme how he was marched around his home at knife point by burglars. One of the intruders was killed, and Vincent was arrested on suspicion of murder.

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Poll: 48% feel any level of force should be allowed against intruder

A poll by research firm ComRes for the "Tonight" programme has found that 48% of people believe they should be able to use any level of force if they find an intruder in their home.

Of those people questioned:

  • 48% said they should be able to use any level of force.
  • 47% felt they should be allowed to use reasonable force.
  • 2% said no force should be used by individual householders.
  • 4% Did not know.

ComRes interviewed 2,102 adults online from 7-9 September.

For more on this story watch "Tonight - In Self-Defence," at 7:30pm tonight on ITV1.

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