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December 04, 2004

Good Sense From a Policeman?

Someone alert Kim du Toit! We have some good sense from a policeman:

Householders should be able to use whatever force is necessary to defend their homes against criminals, even if it involves killing the intruder, the country's most senior police officer said yesterday.
Sir John Stevens, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, said those who defended their families and property should only face prosecution over injuries to intruders in "extreme circumstances", where they could be shown to have used gratuitous violence.

This would bring us back to the rather comforting situation where an Englishman’s home is his castle. We may not be allowed to change a light bulb in the kitchen but we can beat up or kill someone threatening us.
I’m not sure that this will bring us all the way to the position in the happy days of yore however. I’m not 100% on this, running on an all too fallible memory bank, but I think that the situation back in Victorian times was, umm, more robust. You could shoot the burglar even as he was running away....as long as you shouted "Stop Thief!" For at that point you changed from being an outraged householder into an upright citizen attempting a Citizens’s Arrest, whatever injuries sustained by the Goblin being a result of resisting arrest and thus quite justified M’Lud.
Happy Days eh?

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» Of reasonable force from The England Project
So close and yet so very far. This time it's England's most senior police officer Met commissioner Sir John Stevens who believes that burglars are feeling emboldened by the current state of self defence laws in England. At the moment... [Read More]

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» Of reasonable force from The England Project
So close and yet so very far. This time it's England's most senior police officer Met commissioner Sir John Stevens who believes that burglars are feeling emboldened by the current state of self defence laws in England. At the moment... [Read More]

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