A FORMER military close-quarters combat instructor and celebrity bodyguard has launched a self-defence class.

Paul ‘Rock’ Higgins started his ‘tactical training’ classes at Penthouse gym, in Darlington, earlier this month.

Mr Higgins, who has not disclosed the identity of any of his celebrity clients, said: “Working in the field of close protection requires me to be at the top of my game and up to date on all criminal and terrorist threats and related subjects in and on any location that I travel to.

“This is also seen through the training I provide through tactical training for civilians, law enforcement, military personnel and bodyguards.”

A second class will take place at the Dolphin Centre.

For more information, including details of classes, call Mr Higgins, on 07906-322-333, or email vipatacticaltraining@hotmail.com