Steyn's gonna have a field day with this:
A leaflet advising householders how much force they can use against burglars discovered in their homes will be published today.
Prosecutors and the police will publish the guidelines nearly three weeks after Home Secretary Charles Clarke announced the law would not be changed to allow more violence to be used against intruders.
Today’s leaflet from the Crown Prosecution Service and the Association of Chief Police Officers will attempt to clear up confusion over the point at which defending one’s family and property becomes a crime.
At present the law says “reasonable force” can be used by householders, but campaigners complain that too many are subject to police investigation of their actions.
A CPS spokeswoman said: “The leaflet gives some guidance on what might be regarded as reasonable force."
But Malcolm Starr, a spokesman for the Norfolk farmer Tony Martin who was jailed for shooting teenage burglar Fred Barras, said last month that the Tory proposals were “simply swapping one legal phrase for another” and hence a “waste of time”.