Theft Act 1968

  • Dishonest appropriation of property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving another of it.
  • MR = dishonest / intent

Appropriation = easy to prove = assuming the rights of an owner

Morris = ANY RIGHTS 

Hinks = Consent of the owner is irrelevant / You can appropriate a gift.

No theft if you accidentally come across property = no dishonest intent to deprive. However, dishonest appropriation occurs if you later decide to steal the property.

Real property = land and things attached

Personal Property = things you can touch that aren't land. 

Things in action = debt 

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Theft part 2

Things you can't steal:

Confidential info - Oxford v Moss

Electricity - Lowe and Blease

Bodies - Kelly and Lindsay

Bank accounts IN CREDIT = things in action = property! If you're account is overdrawn and you physically take money from the ATM, that's theft - Poland 

Belonging to another: they must have either

Possession - Turner No 2 

or Control - Rostron and Collinson 

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