Friday, October 10, 2008

Don't Hurt The Thieves

From this article in the UK's Daily Mail (with a hat tip to MK):
A gardener who fenced off his allotment with barbed wire after being targeted by thieves has been ordered to take it down – in case intruders scratch themselves.

Bill Malcolm erected the 3ft fence after thieves struck three times in just four months, stealing tools worth around £300 from his shed and ransacking his vegetable patch.

But Bromsgrove district council has ordered the 61-year-old to remove the waist-high fence on health and safety grounds....
Apparently, the council is concerned about a law suit should a thief get injured while committing a crime. So much for William Blackstone:
[H]e wrote that a landowner is free to kill any stranger on his property between dusk and dawn, even an agent of the King, since it isn't reasonable to expect him to recognize the King's agents in the dark.

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posted by Always On Watch @ 10/10/2008 07:56:00 AM