Thursday 16th December, 2004
Been wondering whether to post this all day, but as I'm bored decided I might as well.

Last night I was assaulted by a complete stranger in my local pub. Basically the bloke took a complete dislike to me, told me to go home or he'd give me a smack and then a few minutes later followed through on his promise when I wasn't even looking.

This came as quite a shock, I've done well to never have had any such conflict my entire adult life. Those who've met me will probably agree I've got one of those faces (and indeed attitudes) you wanna smack sometimes, but it's just never happened.

This is a pub I've frequented for 8years now and I regard many of the regulars as my friends. This bloke appeared to be a friend of a friend of a friend or something and I'd never seen him before.

He got wound up about something, no idea what I hardly said 2 words to the bloke and then started handing out the threats. He walked away after this and then, whilst my back was more-or-less turned to him, came back to finish the job with a good old wallop. As is usual with disturbances at last orders, half the pub immediately empted after the blow was struck after lots of "did you see that" comments.

I'm still in shock, the fact that he could assault a complete stranger without any good reason is just a disgrace. But on the positive side, I've discovered a new me. I've always regarded myself, and again those that met me would probably agree, as the kind of bloke that would hit the floor pretty quick after a smack. As it turned out, I hardly blinked, took another sip of my beer and then turned to face him in that "wtf?" kinda way. I never even spilled my drink.

Shocked at my clear head, I quickly called the landlord over who escorted him from the premises swiftly and easily. After a quick check of CCTV footage, I then reported the assault to the police. Image:Assaulted

Big thanks Image:Assaultedare due to the PC at Guildford police who took me through the reporting process. She was efficent, well mannered and polite throughout with just the right level of humility.

There's no visible damage, but my jaw is a bit bruised today; it ached a bit when eating my sandwich at lunchtime. I also still have a bit of a headache.

So, it's happened. My first punch. Image:AssaultedI guess I can expect more when I join Special Constabulary in the New Year. Last night's events confirmed my application. At least I know what to expect a certain extent.

I will be pressing charges and look forward to seeing him in court, should it get there.

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