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Burglary laws for householders

Homeowners who use force against burglars will get more protection under Government plans, unless they use "grossly disproportionate" violence, the new Justice Secretary Chris Grayling will say today.

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Justice Secretary: 'Homeowners have right to attack burglars'

Being confronted by an intruder in your own home is terrifying, and the public should be in no doubt that the law is on their side. That is why I am strengthening the current law.

Householders who act instinctively and honestly in self defence are victims of crime and should be treated that way.

We need to dispel doubts in this area once and for all, and I am very pleased to be today delivering on the pledge that we made in Opposition.

– Justice Secretary Chris Grayling

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