Is self-defense legal in the UK or is the law geared in such a way that if you defend yourself you may be breaking another law?
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One can only use as much force as is reasonable in the circumstances to:
• prevent a crime;
• effect or assist in the lawful arrest of offenders or suspected offenders;
• effect or assist in the lawful arrest of persons unlawfully at large;
• defend oneself;
• defend one’s property;
• defend another.
A person who is attacked or believes that he is about to be attacked may use such force as is reasonably necessary to defend himself or another or to defend his property. If he uses reasonable force he will be acting in lawful self-defense, and would not be guilty of an offence. A person does not need to be attacked before he can avail himself of self defense.
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