PRITI Patel visited a self-defence class in Witham designed to help women and girls become more confident and aware of their surroundings.

The classes at Witham Leisure Centre, in Spinks Lane, started in April and benefit from funding from the Safer Streets programme.

The free classes are aimed at helping women and girls to feel safer when they are out and about in public.

It is a rolling 12-week course, with a maximum sized class of 12 with sessions tailored to the needs of the women attending. New attendees are welcome and can book using the Fusion-Lifestyle app.


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Braintree and Witham Times: Passionate - Witham MP Priti Patel met with instructor Veronika AbrahamsPassionate - Witham MP Priti Patel met with instructor Veronika Abrahams (Image: Stuart Gulleford)

The Witham MP visited a class on Thursday and watched instructor Veronika Abrahams at work with class members and stayed for a briefing when the class was over.

Ms Patel said: “The safety of women is more important than ever right now and classes like these are an excellent means of ensuring women and girls are much safer on our streets, both through increased awareness and in knowing how to deal with dangerous situations, if and when they occur.

“The Safer Streets Fund, which I launched and oversaw during my time as Home Secretary, continues to make an important difference to the safety of women and girls at a community level.”