A new law has finally come into force giving householders the right to ‘bash a burglar’…but not if they are stealing from your garden shed.
But it yesterday emerged the new rules contain a string of exemptions.
For instance, in guidance sent to prosecutors, officials say that
homeowners cannot rely on the new defence if they find an intruder in
their garden, such as stealing a lawn mower or ornament.
Nor will they be protected if they chase the burglar outside. The fight must take place indoors.
So the commoners can defend themselves, even with force, BUT
The guidance also says that
shopkeepers can only get away with using ‘disproportionate’ force on
robbbers if they live above their shop, and only if the two parts of the
building are connected.
Shop assistants and customers cannot get involved in the violence, unless their loved ones happen to be living in the store.
cannot use the defence if they are only trying to protect their
property, rather than trying to defend themselves or their family.
So if someone is about to cut your throat, the clerk can't legally jump in and beat him over the head with something useful because THAT is just not allowed...
Kind of disgusting, isn't it; idiotic as this is, it really IS progress over there.