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Robbery in United Kingdom


This section offers a description about Robbery in the study of crimes in the English law.

Definition of Robbery

The offence of robbery is defined under the theft act 1968 section 8.

Meaning of Robbery

The following is an old definition of Robbery [1]: Open and violent larceny from the person; the felonious and forcible taking from the person of another of goods or money to any value, by violence or putting him in fear. The felonious taking of goods from the person of another, or in his presence, by vio-lence, or by putting him in fear, and against his, will. If the taking is neither directly from the person nor in the presence, it is not robbery. It is immaterial what the value of the tiling may be. The talcing must be by force or by a previous putting in fear; which distinguishes robbery from other thefts. But the indictment may charge the use of violence only. ” Putting in fear ” does not impjy any great degree of terror or fright: it is enough that so much force or threatening by word or gesture is used as might create an apprehension of danger, or induce a man to part with his property without or against his consent. High.way robbery. In England-, from about 1500 to 1700, robbery upon or near a highway was a capital offense; committed elsewhere, the punishment was less severe. See Larceny; Indictment; Tareat.


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  1. Concept of Robbery provided by the Anderson Dictionary of Law (1889) (Dictionary of Law consisting of Judicial Definitions and Explanations of Words, Phrases and Maxims and an Exposition of the Principles of Law: Comprising a Dictionary and Compendium of American and English Jurisprudence; William C. Anderson; T. H. Flood and Company, Law Publishers, Chicago, United States)

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