QC: New burglary protection law just 'posturing'

John Cooper, a barrister specialising in human rights and criminal law, has tweeted his scepticism about the Justice Secretary's new law to give greater protection to people who use force against burglars:

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There is no confusion about the law re protecting your home from burglars just an opportunity for new Ministers to posture. #BBCr4today.

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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.