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Robbery is an offence under section 8 of the Theft Act (1968).

The Actus Reus of the offence is the actus reus for theft with the additional elements of force that is used on any person immediately before or at the time of stealing. It may be possible to convict someone of robbery if force is used after the theft has been technically committed by applying the principle of continuing appropriation (R v Hale 1978). The issue of whether or not the victim need actually apprehend that force be used is a Gray area but was doubted in R v DPP 2007.

The Mens Rea of the offence is the mens rea for Theft and the intention to use force in order to steal.

If found guilty, the defendant may be liable for life imprisonment.

Criminal Law