Group seeks legal review to deal with domestic intruders

A pressure group will ask David Blunkett to reform the law that restricts homeowners from protecting themselves against intruders, after the Conservative Party appeared to back its campaign.

The Freedom Association began a campaign for a fundamental law change to extend property rights in June 2003. Its campaign manager Philip Duly said: "We aim to ensure that intruders lose all their rights to protection from the law when they enter another person's property with the intent of robbing, raping or hurting the property owner or the property."

Conservative home affairs minister, David Davis, said last week: "The law needs considerably more clarification and should be rebalanced in favour of householders and against criminals."

Duly has interpreted Davis's comments as partial backing for his campaign, which received 83 per cent backing from the public in an opinion poll last year.

Last week, Judge Andrew Hamilton said a retired man who shot an intruder who had broken into his country home for the third time had taken the "sensible" precaution of arming himself with a shotgun.

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