A Good Samaritan who stepped in to help a woman being attacked in a Sheffield park ended up viciously assaulted himself – by a yob who punched him to the ground and kicked him.
Have-a-go-hero Kyle Woodward, aged 25, was at home in Batemoor when he and his mum heard a woman screaming for help in nearby Batemoor Park.
They found a man attacking a woman in the park – and challenged him.
After Kyle shouted at the thug to stop hitting her, he was punched repeatedly in the face.
Today Kyle, who is nursing internal bruising and a split lip, told The Star: “I got involved because it is right to help other people.”
“But you just don’t expect this to happen to you.”
His horrified mum, Barbara, was warned by the yob of ‘serious consequences’ if she called the police.
The attack on Kyle happened as she was dialling 999.
The mother and son moved to Batemoor from Eckington only four months ago due to the ‘bedroom tax’, which forced them into a smaller home - and Kyle said he is now afraid to leave their new house on Bowshaw Avenue alone.
Paramedics took him to hospital in Chesterfield on the night of the attack and he was later released but, after a relapse during which he collapsed, he was admitted to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.
He has been diagnosed with bruising to his ribs and kidneys, and internal damage to his jaw.
Kyle, who also has a split lip, said a brain scan has been booked.
“I have never been scared before, but I am now frightened to leave the house on my own because of what happened,” he said.
“We only moved here a few months ago because we needed a smaller house because of the bedroom tax, and I am now wondering where we have moved to.
“I need the police to arrest and charge the man who did this before I will feel safe again.
“The police need to take action quickly.
“The man who did this has done it once, so he could do it again.”
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police were called at around 1.05am on Sunday, August 3, to reports a 25-year-old man had been assaulted by another man in the park in Batemoor.
“The 25-year-old was taken to hospital to be treated for his injuries.
“Inquiries are ongoing.”
Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.