Good Samaritan praised for detaining man after attack on woman in Sheffield park

A man has been praised for stepping in and detaining another man who attacked a woman in a Sheffield park.

Monday, 11th February 2019, 12:29 pm
Updated Monday, 11th February 2019, 12:32 pm
John Goodall with Supt Paul McCurry

John Goodall was walking his dog in Mount Pleasant Park, Sharrow, when he spotted a man assaulting a woman.

APPEAL: Man hunted over nightclub attack in Sheffield city centre The Good Samaritan intervened and tackled the offender, pinning him to the ground until police officers arrived at the scene.

He was presented with a special commendation for his efforts during the incident on Monday, January 21.

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Superintendent Paul McCurry said: “His bravery and quick thinking prevented the victim being injured more seriously and allowed her to escape.

“He also prevented the man causing further injury to himself. Our enquiries suggest that he was suffering a severe medical episode at the time.  “John showed himself to be a brave individual who was prepared to step in and protect fellow members of the public.

“We cannot thank him enough for his actions that day and have awarded him with a Sheffield District Commendation. Thank you John and well done.”  The attacker was arrested on suspicion of assault but later released.  South Yorkshire Police said: “All of those involved have since been supported by officers and have received appropriate medical care and assistance.”