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‘Don’t be a hero’ - attacked grandfather warns others

Mark Earnshaw, of Huntingdon Road in Anchorsholme, who was attacked outside his home and suffered a broken nose and severe bruising.
Mark with a photo showing his injuries soon after the attack.  PIC BY ROB LOCK
11-3-2013

Mark Earnshaw, of Huntingdon Road in Anchorsholme, who was attacked outside his home and suffered a broken nose and severe bruising. Mark with a photo showing his injuries soon after the attack. PIC BY ROB LOCK 11-3-2013

A grandfather has warned others to think twice about being a hero - a year after he was brutally attacked and left with damaged vision.

Mark Earnshaw, 52, was punched and kicked repeatedly by two youths when he confronted them as they vandalised Anchorsholme Park.

Mr Earnshaw spotted the two teenagers from his Huntingdon Road home and approached them, but they took offence and launched into a sickening attack.

The father-of-three was left with a detached retina, two black eyes and a hole in his face, and a year on, says he will never do the same again.

He said: “When they were both locked up for three years on January 10, it gave me some closure and that was the end.

“I wouldn’t do it again. I would walk in the other direction and let the police sort it out.

“I don’t think it’s worth it and I would tell others the same.

“I’ve heard about others going out (to intervene) and getting serious injuries, and it’s just not worth it.”

Mr Earnshaw has undergone a series of operations to repair the damage to his right eye, but has been told it will never be the same again.

Kyle Spence, 19, of St Michael’s Road, Bispham, and his 17-year-old accomplice were each jailed for three years at Preston Crown Court.

And despite the lasting effects of the attack, the grandfather says he is moving on with his life.

“Everything is back to normal and as far as I’m concerned, it’s job done,” he added.

 

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