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Criminal Law

Criminal Law (15th edn)

Michael Allen and Ian Edwards
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date: 26 March 2023

p. 57314. Further offences under the Theft Actslocked

p. 57314. Further offences under the Theft Actslocked

  • Michael J. AllenMichael J. AllenFormer Commissioner at the Criminal Cases Review Commission and Professor of Law at Newcastle Law School
  •  and Ian EdwardsIan EdwardsSenior Lecturer in Law, University of East Anglia


Course-focused and comprehensive, the Textbook on series provides an accessible overview of the key areas on the law curriculum. This chapter discusses the following offences in the Theft Acts 1968 and 1978: making off without payment; burglary (including discussion of the key terms ‘entry as a trespasser’, ‘building’, and the ulterior offences); aggravated burglary; blackmail; handling stolen goods; and dishonestly retaining a wrongful credit. The Law in Context feature examines how burglars are sentenced, including the changing approach of the Court of Appeal, the ‘three strikes and you’re out’ mandatory sentence, and the publication of guidelines by the Sentencing Council.

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