Women taught self defence after spate of attacks in Haverhill
A karate instructor has been holding special self defence classes for women after the recent rise of attacks on females in Haverhill.
Greg Malyon, who runs the Haverhill Wado Freestyle Karate Club, had 14 women attend the three hour course held on Sunday (February 24).
The club received several requests to do such a course following the attacks, and so put on the event to cover all types of attack.
Second dan black belt and senior instructor Greg was assisted by first dan black belt Georgina McGivern.
“Following the recent spate of attacks in town the club felt that it was important to put on a course that ladies of all ages and ability could participate in, gain something from, and most importantly, find easy to remember,” he said.
“The techniques we use are designed to be easy to use in more than one type of attack, so you are not overloaded with lots of different defences for different types of attacks.
“We have been running these courses for seven years now, and have a good following, many ladies come back time again as it gives them the chance to practice in a safe environment.
“However, many ladies believe they either cannot do it, or don’t need it.
“They will never be in that position.
“All they need though is the will to give it a go, and so give themselves a chance.”
The club now plans to hold another course at Withersfield Village Hall from 9am until midday on Sunday (March 3).
One of the women who attended said: “Three friends and I enrolled on Greg’s course. We all found it extremely informative, and of course potentially useful.
“Although we all hope that we never have to put what we have learnt to use, it’s good to have that added confidence should the need arise.
“Greg made the lesson great fun, we enjoyed it and I can highly recommend this course to anyone.
“In fact I strongly feel that all women should do a course of this type.”
For more information or to book, call Greg on 07811 878328 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
A man grabbed a 33 year old woman putting out her wheelie bin in Tower Court at 10.50pm on January 30.
He carried her a short distance down the road and dropped her when her dog went for him.
At 11.45am on January 29 a man pushed a 13 year old girl against some bushes in Wortham Place and grabbed her neck.
She kicked at him and he ran off.
A man approached a 13 year old girl walking home in Connaught Road at 3.25pm on January 22 and suggested he walk with her.
He then ran off.
An 18 year old woman was pulled against a fence in Leather Lane, had a shard of glass pressed to her neck and stomach and a liquid believed to be bleach squirted in her mouth by a man at 9.45am on January 7.
The man was distrubed by a noise and the woman managed to run home.
At 10.40am on December 30 a jogger made an inappropriate remark to a 12 year old girl as she walked her dog on Millfields Way.
Police are not linking these crimes.
Anyone with information can call police on 101.
For all the latest news see Thursday’s (March 7) Echo.
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