The Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, reckons there should be more legal protection for homeowners, who overreact, when they’re confronted by burglars on their properties. Well-known cases in recent years of people shooting and sometimes killing burglars spring to mind. Remember the case of farmer Tony Martin? Well, this afternoon, at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, if householders use brute force to protect their homes, they'll hear today that they might well be protected from prosecution.
Grayling - seen here on a walkabout with the Prime Minister - will say later: "Being confronted by an intruder in your own home is terrifying, and the public should be in no doubt that the law is on their side. That is why I am strengthening the current law. Householders who act instinctively and honestly in self-defence are victims of crime and should be treated that way.”
That doesn’t mean if someone uses ‘grossly disproportionate' force they’ll get away with it though, each case will stand on its merits and will be for a judge and jury to decide.
The Tories are also getting tough on community sentences too - some 220,000 of them are handed out each year and they’re often seen as a soft option. But Grayling says they’ll include quote ‘proper punishment.’
Written and presented by Marverine Cole.