Defending the Castle
Home owners and “have-a go-heroes” have for the first time been given the legal right to defend themselves against burglars and muggers free from fear of prosecution.
Nick Herbert, the Shadow Justice Secretary, said: "This is a typical Labour con – it will give no greater protection to householders confronted by burglars because it’s nothing more than a re-statement of the existing case law.”
It came as it emerged that homeowners could have to wait up to three days after reporting a crime to see a police officer, according to a leaked draft of the Policing Green Paper.
It sets out new national standards for local policing for all 43 forces cross England and Wales. Callers to the police will be given set times within which officers will attend an incident.
The paper says that this will be "within three hours it if requires policing intervention or three days if there is less immediate need for a police presence."
Oh that's nice, if I catch Billy Burgler in my kitchen I have no more rights than I did before, just a wishy washy guideline that Plod ought to take into account what I do "as they saw it at the time”... And with Plod hoping to get there in three hours I would have plenty of time to cook Billy a 12lb Turkey with all the trimmings as we wait...