Maybe I’m misreading you, but it seems like we were all quite happy when we were ignorant of our legal liability! It’s suddenly finding that anyone who happens to take stupid risks while trespassing on our property becomes our problem that has us all riled up.
That football story is another blood boiling one. There is just no way I can accept that the liability should fall on the householder here. I’m not contesting that this is the law, just that it’s utterly out of touch with who is actually (not legally) at fault in this situation. Surely planners shouldn’t allow spiked railings if anyone who chooses to impale themselves on one will be entitled to huge compensation claims??