Microblog: Theft

Welcome to our new series of micro-blogs. In these posts, we will highlight the key messages that came out of our live CPD events to bring to you an idea of the types of content we cover. This week, we have a guest reviewer – Kate Ong, a current Level 6 Diploma in Community Interpreting learner and a keen participant of our CPD events.


Delivered by Martyn Mordecai, a highly experienced trainer and former police officer. He spent over a decade in the Metropolitan Police in various Operational posts, including the Firearms Unit and Diplomatic Protection.

Martyn has also served as Head of Training for the Police Federation of England and Wales, delivering training to over 2000 individuals. Currently, Martyn works as a trainer for Driver Education, delivering various National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme Courses and Drink/Drive Rehabilitation Courses.

Key messages from this session:

  • To get some basic ideas about the crime of Theft by means of understanding the definition of Theft from the Section 1 of Theft Act 1968.  5 key elements/component parts (Appropriation, Property, Belonging to another , Dishonesty and Intention to permanently deprive the other of it) which constitute the crime are indispensable. ‘Actus Reus’ is the action or conduct of the Theft and its constituent elements are Appropriation, Property, Belonging to another; ‘Mens Rea’ is the intention of the crime and Dishonesty and Intention to permanently deprive the other of it are the two component parts.  
  • Further detailed discussion of the 5 component parts helps to learn more.  For example, under S5 Theft Act 1968, ‘Belonging to another’ is explained as ‘Property shall be regarded as belonging to any person or control of it, or having a propriety right of interest’.  Here is a situation related to this: an item is ordered and two are delivered by mistake.  The person cannot keep the second item as it remains the property of the sender. 
  • Completing the end of session knowledge test it is a simple way to find out how much you have learned from the session.  Also, there are notable benefits of learning more terms such as Actus Reus, Appropriation, Assumption, Stealing, Transferor, Tangible and Intangible properties, Land stolen, a Trustee, a Personal Representative, a POA (financial Power of Attorney), a Liquidator, Mens Rea, Permanently deprive etc. 

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