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BBC on shooting burglars and how it should read …

This one caught my eye for the slant the BBC have put on the evil householder protecting his property :

Householder arrested after suspected burglars shot

A householder and his wife have been arrested in Leicestershire after two suspected burglars were hit with shotgun pellets.

The wounded men and two others have also been arrested.

Police said they were alerted by the householder, who said a group of men had broken into his home in Welby, Melton Mowbray, and that he had fired a legally held shotgun.

One of the suspected raiders called an ambulance. Another went to hospital.

Their injuries are not regarded as life-threatening, police said.

Officers said a man aged 35 and his wife aged 43 had been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

Four men aged 27, 23, 31 and 33 were arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

A statement from Leicestershire Police said: “Police were called at 12.26am this morning by a man reporting a group of men had broken into his home in Melton.

“The man stated that during the course of the incident he had fired a legally held shotgun and the intruders had left the scene.

“Around five minutes later the ambulance service called to tell us they had been called to a man with injuries consistent with shotgun injuries.

“A second man presented at Leicester Royal Infirmary with similar injuries.”

In my view, it should be reading something like the following but that just wouldn’t do in this day and age would it :

Householder praised after suspected burglars shot

A householder and his wife have been praised by police in Leicestershire after two suspected burglars were hit with shotgun pellets.

The wounded burglars and two others have also been arrested.

Police said they were alerted by the householder, who said a group of men had broken into his home in Welby, Melton Mowbray, and that he had fired a legally held shotgun in defence of his wife and property.

One of the suspected raiders called an ambulance. Another went to hospital.

Their injuries are not regarded as life-threatening, police said.

Officers said a man aged 35 and his wife aged 43 had been recommended for a bravery award after challenging the burglars and allowing the police to apprehend the suspects.

Four men aged 27, 23, 31 and 33 were arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

A statement from Leicestershire Police said: “Police were called at 12.26am this morning by a man reporting a group of men had broken into his home in Melton.

“The man stated that during the course of the incident he had fired a legally held shotgun and the intruders had left the scene.

“Around five minutes later the ambulance service called to tell us they had been called to a man with injuries consistent with shotgun injuries.

“A second man presented at Leicester Royal Infirmary with similar injuries.”

Bear in mind here the briefly mentioned ‘aggravated burglary’ in the article (from wikipedia Burglary in English law) :

Under section 10, aggravated burglary is committed when a burglar enters and “at the time has with him a firearm,[23] imitation firearm,[24] weapon of offence,[25] or any explosive[26]“.

Sounds like they were intent on threatening the occupants and got what they deserved in my opinion!

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