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Aug 16, 2010
Someone tried to mug me last night. After living in the town for over 30 years this is the first time this has happened to me. I was walking back from Herbies near Southchurch Park when I sensed two youths were following me on the other side of the park railings. They had hoodies on and I felt threatened so I crossed the road and walked further up and then headed into my road up towards the seafront. I knew they were just behind me and I stopped under a streetlight to look at a fictitious text on my phone to try and let them past but the came either side of me, produced knives and threatened to cut me to pieces.

I have always thought that if threatened I would be able to defend myself. I used to do judo (Cademon Hall judo club, anyone remember that?) but me against two youths with knives, no chance. I prevaricated a little, got more threats and then dropped my bag and ran down the road to The Castle where I got safe refuge and I called the police. The staff in the Castle were great and really helpful but it took over two hours for the police to show up.

Really shaken by it though. Never thought it would be this bad but harder than I ever thought to just get on with things.

Look, this is our town, our club, our home. If you know the scum who do things like this, tell the old bill, don't shy away from it, one day it may be you, or you missus and your kid. How would you feel then?