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Homeowners who attack burglars to be protected
GREATER protections for home owners who attack burglars during break ins have been announced by Wycombe educated Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.
The ex-High Wycombe school pupil has spoken this afternoon at the Conservative party conference about the proposal to give more legal safeguards to residents who become the victims of burglaries.
Only those using 'grossly disproportionate' actions will in future face prosecution if Mr Grayling's plans come into effect.
The former Royal Grammar School student has announced the policy following a number of high profile cases in recent times.
One of the stories which gained national prominence in 2009 was that of High Wycombe resident Munir Hussain, who chased after and attacked an intruder.
The businessmen was sentenced to two and half years in jail – but then freed on appeal – and at the time called for a law change.
The issue of rights for home-owners to fight back against burglars has been hotly debated since farmer Tony Martin was prosecuted for shooting an intruder in 1999.
Alterations have already been made to the law but Mr Grayling said some doubts still existed and he wanted to clarify the position once and for all.
He said he wanted to make sure the law was on the side of the victim, even if they lashed out in a way which seemed disproportionate in the cold light of day because of the exceptionally stressful situation they are placed in.
The move is already being branded 'bash a burglar'.
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Should homeowners have the right to fight back against burglars and if so what is a proportionate response?
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