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Warning about Sexting

Written by bryan. Posted in Self Defence

Recently Schools in Hampshire and Hampshire Police have been warning this week (9th December 2017) about the perils of sending inappropriate images and the possible consequences.


This is a topic that we frequently cover in Self Protection classes at the club, but the advice bears repeating online and documenting again.







According to research by the children’s charity Barnardo’s

“Last year alone police recorded 9,290 accusations of sexual offences where both the perpetrator and victim were under 18. This compares to 5,215 accusations being made in 2013, representing a 78 per cent rise.”


It’s worth remembering that although the age of consensual sexual intercourse is 16 it remains illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to take, possess, distribute or show anyone an abusive or indecent image.

If an under 18 takes a photograph of themselves and sends that to another under 18, then they have committed an offence, if the recipient keeps the image then they also have committed an offence.  Solicitor Sandra Paul from Kingsley Napley LLP advises If this matter is brought to the Police/Courts attention when either party is over 18 years old, then that party will be treated as an adult even of they were under 18 at the time of the offence.  If an image is sent between over 18s whilst this in itself may not be illegal, if the image is unwanted there can still be ramifications for harassment or blackmail.

There are cases where children as young as 10 years old have received a formal Police caution for sending pictures of himself to an 11 year old girl. Last year (2016) in November, Police issued guidance that they would treat cases sensitively and not seek to criminalise young people. They also noted the factors that they would consider in determining whether a criminal prosecution was appropriate including considering the long term side affects for the offender which included being placed on the sex offenders register. The advice given was that all offences of this nature had to be included for home office ‘counting’ purposes. Rather than being charged or cautioned with an offence (which will show up on any future DBS checks) an offender may be given a ‘Outcome 21’ which does not necessarily mean that the offence has to be reported to the DBS, rather it is at the discretion of the Chief Constable for each force. An ‘Outcome 21’ is best described as an offence committed which the Police believe has a strong probability of successful prosecution if carried forward, but which they believe is not in the public interest to prosecute.

As parents we sometimes forget how easily pornography is accessible on a smart phone, tablet or computer and because of this how desensitised our children can become to that. They then forget how dangerous and what the consequences are it they send images of themselves. As a parent you also have to decide if you should ‘keep an eye’ on your child’s devices and social media accounts with ‘sport checks’ to review them. Sure your children aren’t going to appreciate that, but can if help to keep them safe? Yes.

Summary Notes

Sexting is the sending or receiving of sexually explicit images, videos or texts. According to a NSPCC/ChildLine poll “6 out of 10 teenagers say they have been asked for sexual images or videos.” This affects children from Primary school upwards.

Under British law it is legal to have sexual intercourse aged 16, but it is illegal and a serious criminal offence to take, hold or share “indecent” photos of anyone aged under 18. Remember it isn’t normal to do this and it is against the law.

Once an image or video has been sent, the sender is no longer in control of where it ends up. With parents, friends, teachers and even employers able to see that image for a long time after it was sent. It can lead to you being blackmailed or exploited by others, bullied and being embarrassed or humiliated.

According to the BBC, Sexting is on the increase amongst teenagers and is also spreading to primary schools. The NSPCC helpline is reporting nearly  a 30% increase in calls regarding this.

  1. Never be pressured into sending explicit videos or images of yourself or anyone else
  2. If someone tries to pressure you to sext, then immediately tell a responsible adult
  3. Remember private messages or even online storage systems aren’t 100% secure, don’t store confidential information where it can easily be ‘hacked.’
  4. Don’t allow anyone to ‘remotely take over’ your PC or mobile device
  5. Tell an adult if you’ve been asked to sext, they can help you.
  6. Parent talk to your kids about the perils of Sexting. Ignore is no excuse in the eyes of the law.


Further Resources



National Crime Agency





Ladies Only Self Defence and Free Fitness Classes

Written by bryan. Posted in Self Defence

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Self Defence is an emotive topic with  many people thinking they don’t need it. Hopefully they are correct. We’ve covered a number of the key points to consider when looking at one’s own self protection. They are available on the following page:-


In our Self Defence course held at our Martial Arts club in Basingstoke:-

Our experienced female coaches will during the 8 week LADIES ONLY SELF DEFENCE course take you through a number of important areas so that by the end of the course, you will understand:-

– What self defence actually is
– The soft skills necessary for self protection
– The physical skills necessary for self protection

Learn how to…

– Assess and avoid danger
– Read the signs of an imminent attack
– Understand The Law and Self Protection
– Know how your attitude affects self protection
– Recognise and Protect your danger zones
– Defend against the most common methods of assault against women
– Defend against weapons


The cost of the course is £39 and includes free fitness classes for the duration of the course. These classes are and


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A Life of Crime!

Written by Paula. Posted in Black Belt Research Project 2013

Black Belt Grading Project 2013 – Paula Clarke


The following is a questionnaire that was sent to a former Police Chief of Basingstoke who lived and worked in Basingstoke and Hampshire Constabulary from 1974 onwards.

The aim of it was to gain an insider’s knowledge (albeit a historical one) of crime in and around Basingstoke and hopefully to get an idea of how the police view the way we as individuals deal with self defence issues and whether the police see it as a vital skill for all to have or an annoyance that hinders their efforts.

I have to say that it didn’t really go to plan……………

To follow this you will find my questions in black type and the response I received in blacktype, because I didn’t necessarily receive the kind of information I wanted, I have then added my own conclusion in red to the end of the questionnaire.


Questions on Crime in Basingstoke


Would you consider Basingstoke a safe place to live?

Yes – Generally

Which parts of Basingstoke are safer? Does it follow that the more affluent areas are safer?

If you mean less crime – yes


How safe do you consider Basingstoke in relation to other nearby towns such as Southampton or Farnborough?

Probably safer but they have very different problems


Would you say there is a north / south divide when it comes to crime and which is worse?

Different types of crime – impossible to answer


What would you say given your years on the force are the most common crimes in Basingstoke?

Property crime


Who would you consider to be the most at risk group in Basingstoke for crimes to be committed against? Men, women, teenagers (boys or girls) O.A.P’s?

If you mean personal physical crime then young men


Why does this particular group face the most risk?

Combination of “macho” behaviour and drink


What are the most common crimes / HAOV (habitual acts of violence) committed against;

Men – Assault

Women  – Assault

Teenagers – Assault

OAPS –  Minimal with the odd exception

Not much of a sexual nature often in a domestic situation

 In terms of self-defence would the police consider a little knowledge a dangerous thing or do you think all women should possess some basic self-defence skills

It’s a Personal view, some basic skills

When interviewing victims of crime (particularly women) was there ever a common link between their self-preservation in the moment of the crime and their healing process i.e if the victim fought back, even if they eventually were overcome, did this aid in their healing process

No Idea ! only they can say 

Or was giving in preferable? (i.e was the ordeal over quicker therefore quicker to recover ?)

As Above

Is there anything over the years that you have seen work successfully in terms of self defence and does it work repeatedly?

No answer

 From your years on the force is there any invaluable tips/advice you could give to women to ensure their safety i.e, Plan Trips, Inform people of their whereabouts, Always go out in pairs etc

This is common sense especially not walking home alone late at night after drinking / clubbing

Where are women more likely to be attacked? at home ? Out in the open?

At home in domestic situation (violent partner)

Roughly what proportion of crime reported is solved / concluded

Too vague – obviously at home a high proportion


Is it a myth that you face more danger at night?

No – (outside the home)

Can you give me some information regarding your time on the force, i.e

Number of years’ service           32 ½ years  

Ranks held                                all ranks up to and including Supt.

A general overview of the types of crimes you faced daily

How the police view the perpetrators of these crimes / and the victims                                         Too Vague

Any other information you feel relevant

I retired nearly 20 years ago and can only comment on my experience then – times have definitely changed especially with the licensing laws and their effect, I cannot in fairness make assumptions about the present day, Basingstoke has changed!

It is not easy to compare Basingstoke with any other town as here are so many variables, i) type of population, race, age, students, unemployed. ii) Number of licensed premises and late night venues iii) types of accommodation, private, local authority, bed sit etc. iv) drug and vice problems.



Having received the written response to my questionnaire I had to sit and think what I felt about the vagueness of all the answers and the lack of any real detail, most of the answers we could of guessed at without any ‘special’ help.  I think the real answer to why it is so vague is perhaps because that is typical of policing back then, a time when it was very ‘closed shop’ information was on a need to know basis only and dare I say it a lot of information was not in the public’s interest and maybe a bit hush hush. It’s a very different affair to today with most things declared and available for public knowledge.


Which is the better way to live? Would we still want to live in a society policed that way? No, otherwise things would not have moved on, but do you feel safer knowing there were 450 burglaries in your area or with someone telling you “It’s not too bad round here mate”.


Knowledge is Power?

Blissful ignorance?


Maybe there is something to be said for both……………………. 

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