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.
In practice, householders are seldom prosecuted if they harm or even kill an intruder but the Act will give them greater legal protection .They will be able to use force against criminals who break into their homes or attack them in the street without worrying that "heat of the moment” misjudgements could see them brought before the courts. Under new laws police and prosecutors will have to assess a person’s actions based on the person’s situation "as they saw it at the time” even if in hindsight it could be seen as unreasonable.
For example, homeowners would be able stab or shoot a burglar if confronted or tackle them and use force to detain them until police arrive. Muggers could be legally punched and beaten in the street or have their own weapons used against them.
Top value. So, starting today, I am going to start using my pepper spray on the retinas of the insolent oiks. If I am threatened with a knife, I am going to perform anal surgery on the perpetrator, with his own knife, and god forbid, if anyone is wandering around on my landing at 3am, they can expect to meet the cold hard steel of Wehrauch HW57
I am also looking forward to kicking to death my first chav.