Myleene Klass, a model, singer and broadcaster in the U.K. was in her kitchen when she saw two youths "behaving suspiciously" in her yard. They came toward the kitchen window, she waved a knife at them and it apparently worked because when the police arrived, the teenagers were gone.
Klass, 31, was home with her 2-year-old daughter. She was told that brandishing "an offensive weapon," even inside her home, was illegal.I don't think any human should have the right to tell us we cannot protect ourselves on our own property, when we are under attack - I don't care what country we are in, or what their little half-baked rules might be.
Jonathan Shalit, Miss Klass's agent, said that had been "shaken and utterly terrified" by the incident and was stepping up security at the house she shares with her fiancé, Graham Quinn, who was away on business at the time.
He said: "Myleene was aghast when she was told that the law did not allow her to defend herself in her own home. All she did was scream loudly and wave the knife to try and frighten them off.
"She is not looking to be a vigilante, and has the utmost respect for the law, but when the police explained to her that even if you're at home alone and you have an intruder, you are not allowed to protect yourself, she was bemused.
"Her questions going forward are: what are my rights, and what are you actually allowed to do to defend yourself in your own house?"