bad luck - assume they came from nowhere and were in a position where you had not time or space to fight back, or alternatively to make an exit
I have been to martial arts classes with this in mind - the ones where they teach you to deliver a swift elbow to the face of up close assailants, especially 17 year old boys. not that this will always be the best choice and avoiding these situations is of course better, but it's good to have the mental and physical 'armour' in place.
on a lighter note, may I suggest on aesthetic grounds not carrying a man-bag at all?
Prime example where CCTV have all but replaced patrols and police on the streets away from main roads. I live on Borough High Street near the top and I am utterly shocked by the amount of petty crime the police just seem to turn a blind eye to. Tramps openly urinating in alley ways by the bus stop opposite Taz. Beggars aggressively harrasing passers by for money around Sainsburys Local. The whole of Borough High Street stinks of rotting food and piss at the moment.
I'm sorry to hear about what happened to you. It's very concerning to have things like that happen on your doorstep. I live at Medway House and I know that a lot of recent trouble stems from a family at Aylesford House - the woman deals in drugs and there are always lots of black teenagers in hoodies who constantly come and go from her flat and hang around in the car parking area between Aylesford, Medway and Strood House. The police apparently know about the goings on there, but aren't doing very much about it. The next door neighbour of the 'trouble' family had her mobile phone taken off her at knife point outside her own front door, but she is too scared to go to the police. I will try to talk to one of our local councillors at their next surgery, which they hold on the 1st Thursday each month at the community hall.
Hope you've regained your confidence a bit, I know these things shake one up quite a bit.
Don't know how many, if any of you, buy stuff over the internet, but I heard the tail end of a conversation with a police officer on the radio today about the latest very worryning scam, which works as follows. An item is offered for sale on the net at a bargain price, but still a good few quid, and when the deal is struck the buyer is told it can't be posted and must be cash only. The seller arranges to meet the buyer at a certain place at a certain time to complete the transaction. This turns out to be somewhere quiet and the punter is imediately set upon an robbed. It is the softest target imaginable as the mugger, (or muggers,) know that their victim will be in that agreed place at the agreed time and will be carrying a good sum of cash, (and probably other valuables such as mobile phone, credit cards etc.)The latest victim is still in hospital having undergone open heart surgery for a serious and potentially lethal stab wound, so these people will stop at nothing to get money, which they are probably in desperate need of to fund their drug habit.