In the Media

No change to 'reasonable force' law

PUBLISHED January 14, 2005

The law on attacking burglars will remain unchanged, the new home secretary, Charles Clarke, announced today, but there will be a public information campaign to inform householders as to what "reasonable force" entails.

The announcement came as a Conservative MP was about to present his backbench bill amending the law to allow all but the most "grossly disproportionate" force against thieves who break into people's houses.