My understanding..... and I will be corrected if I am wrong
If you take something reasonable to posses say a walking stick, a cane..a piece of wood etc then you can claim it is used mostly to protect your dog from other dogs should one attack you
If however you go with a base ball bat lump of metal etc then you could be accused of abh if used as you would have been seen to plan to attack someone even in self defense..pre-emptive if you will
After this incident I've now purchased myself a really good walking stick to use as defence against anything be it a dog or dangerous rider.
I wouldn't use a steel bar as it would be too heavy to carry around and after a bit I'd drop it, but did think about it.
The same rider on the motor-cross bike has been spotted today giving it the full beans on the kerb
of a local main road.
Whilst out on my local clubrun I chatted to my mates about idiots on motor-cross bikers and
one chap recalled whilst out on his MTB seeing a biker hitting a hiker directly in the back of his legs
in which the hiker was badly winded, the police where called and because the hiker didn't have any serious
injuries the police let the biker off with just a warning and told him to ride slowly.
I hate RED DWARF