published Friday, February 18th, 2011

Safety for lawbreakers

Gun rights are practically nonexistent in England these days. In fact, anyone caught using a gun in self-defense might well face charges.

But as if that concern for criminals' welfare were not absurd enough, authorities in five villages in England now have told residents to take down wire mesh from the windows of their garden sheds -- for fear it might injure burglars.

In Kent and Surrey counties, there has been a rash of burglaries from sheds, the Daily Mail newspaper reported, prompting owners to nail tough wire mesh onto the windows of the outbuildings. But police say villagers may be sued if burglars hurt themselves while breaking in.

A Surrey resident whose shed has been repeatedly targeted told the Daily Mail he's unsure how to protect his property now.

"I mean, what are you meant to do?" Thomas Cooper asked. "Let them take your stuff? It is ridiculous that the law protects them even though they are breaking it."

We sometimes seem to live in an upside-down world, don't we?

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