Justice Secretary warns against 'grossly disproportionate' violence against burglars

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 basic premise of the change is to get the law to a position where if you are in your home, and you are confronted by an intruder… then if, in the heat of the moment you use a level of force that in the cold light of day might seem disproportionate, the law will be on your side.

But if you act in a grossly disproportionate way… I think if the burglar is out cold on the floor and you then stick a knife into him, that, in my judgement would be grossly disproportionate.”

– Justice Secretary Chris Grayling

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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.