‘Thank you for your support’

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
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A GOOD samaritan who was badly beaten when he attempted to stop youths vandalising a park today told how he has been heartened by the flood of support by well wishers.

The Gazette revealed the shocking extent of Mark Earnshaw’s injuries on Wednesday after the 51-year-old bravely tried to stop two teens smashing items in Anchorsholme Park.

He has vowed never to step in the park again after being left with two black eyes, a broken nose, swollen jaw and a hole in his face following the attack around 1.30am last Saturday.

But is now working with Anchorsholme councillors to install CCTV in the area around his home on Huntingdon Road.

Mr Earnshaw, a father of three, said: “Everyone realises this situation is unforgiving, the community and the neighbours have been great.

“For the local councillors to turn up on my doorstep and apologise for what has happened is fantastic.

“I’ve been very heartened by the responses and by the support of the local community, neighbours and people I don’t even know.

“Everyone one has rallied round and given me sympathy and said it’s not right.”

Coun Paul Galley, Anchorsholme ward councillor for Blackpool Council, is consulting Mr Earnshaw on plans to fit CCTV funded by the ward budget.

Coun Galley and fellow Anchorsholme ward councillor Tony Williams have also announced they will look into installing lights in the park.

Coun Galley said: “I’ve received a lot of e-mails and messages from people saying how upset they are that someone can be attacked like this.

“We need to make sure it never happens again and we don’t allow the bullies and vandals to take over.

“We have got to catch them and send a very strong message out that this behaviour is not acceptable.”

Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, said: “I am as appalled as anyone to see what has happened to Mr Earnshaw, especially when he was doing public duty in intervening on an act of vandalism.

“I wish Mr Earnshaw a speedy recovery and I hope the police catch the culprits and the full force of the law falls upon them.”