Perhaps media outlets such as the Daily Mail should accept some of the blame for scare-mongering with such crass headlines such as "out of control youth" and so forth. However, surely not all of it is the product of fiction? There are plenty of incidents involving a gang of youths who beat up some pensioner or harass a man who merely attempts to protect his own property. Now, given all the doom and gloom we're fed, why not turn the tables? I'll make it brief. I'd like to know: 1. Of any stories which you can post here in where an individual fended off an attacker. 2. Of any personal tales you would be willing to share in which you mete out your own brand of justice. Whetheryou were accosted by yobs, set upon by a chav/thug etc. 3. What you would do in a potential confrontation. Would you seek to escape and avoid it if possible or always stand your ground and fight, no matter what? In regards to publicised stories to share. Here's one: Mr. Frank Cortti A knife-wielding burglar had a shock when he attacked a pensioner in his home - and discovered his victim was a retired boxer. Senior citizen Frank Corti, 72, a former junior boxing champion is still a bit handy with his dukes. And when he spotted the aforementioned intruder, Gregory McCalium, in his hallway he sprang into action and delivered two right hooks. The blows were so powerful that McCalium, who had just lunged at Mr Corti with the knife, was left looking like he had been in 'a car accident'. The pensioner then restrained him until police arrived. He was jailed for four and a half years yesterday after a judge told him he had 'got what he deserved'. Utterly priceless and I can't agree more with his following sentiment: "If you can't defend what's yours, where are we at?" Here's another story: Mr. Sid Hallett An 86-year-old former marine used an umbrella to fend off a knife-wielding drug addict who was trying to steal his wife's bag, Bristol Crown Court heard.