Bailiffs get power to use force on debtors The government has been accused of trampling on individual liberties by proposing wide-ranging new powers for bailiffs to break into homes and to use âreasonable forceâ against householders who try to protect their valuables. Under the regulations, bailiffs for private firms would for the first time be given permission to restrain or pin down householders. They would also be able to force their way into homes to seize property to pay off debts, such as unpaid credit card bills and loans. The government, which wants to crack down on people who evade debts, says the new powers would be overseen by a robust industry watchdog. However, the laws are being criticised as the latest erosion of the rights of the householder in his own home. âThese laws strip away tried and tested protections that make a personâs home his castle, and which have stood for centuries,â said Paul Nicolson, chairman of the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust, a London-based welfare charity. âThey could clearly lead to violent confrontations and undermine fundamental liberties.â http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article5375668.ece Run Forest.