Thursday 20 July 2017

Masked vigilante 'Batman' rescues tourist from mugging attack - while on holidays himself

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Victoria Ward

A masked vigilante known as the "Bromley Batman" has been on holiday to Cornwall, where he came to the rescue of a tourist who was being attacked by muggers.

The caped crusader is known for fighting crime in south east London, where he has frequently appeared, complete with mask, to rescue people being attacked on the streets.

Fortunately, he packed his costume when he went on holiday to Newquay, and donned it to step in and save a fellow tourist in need.

John Salter, 35, said that when he was punched, a man dressed in black wearing a mask and a bandana, appeared "out of nowhere" and saw off his assailants.

When Mr Salter, a graphic designer fro Kingston upon Thames, thanked the mystery superhero, he replied in a thick London accent: "Don't thank me, I'm the Bromley Batman."

Little is known about the Bromley Batman, but he is said to have saved several people from attack. 

In June, a middle-aged businessman told how a caped crusader had swooped in to save him from a group of knife wielding thugs in Bromley town centre.

Then a woman came forward to say she had been saved from a mugger in Lewisham in February.

The victim said her rescuer had a "well-groomed" beard and was in his early 30s, with a deep voice.

The following month, a woman was sexually assaulted on her way home from work in Greenwich, but said she was saved by the superhero.

Mr Salter told the Cornish Guardian that he and his girlfriend had just left the Walkabout bar, on Newquay seafront, on Saturday night when they were attacked by a group of men.

"I was approached by three lads whilst out with my girlfriend in town quite late at night," he said.

"They were very drunk and one hit me in the face.

"Then out of nowhere a man wearing black with a bandanna and mask on, who was about six feet tall with a stubbly short beard, jumped in to protect me and fought off the men.

"He threw one of them to the ground and kicked the other one in the chest. He went flying back and onto the ground, and he then grabbed the last man and threw him to the ground. The men got up and stumbled away."

He added: "He told me he was the Bromley Batman and then said to me in a very apparent London accent 'I suggest you be more careful. Even in Cornwall you're not safe', and then he said 'enjoy your holiday.'"

The mystery man has only given one interview, when he said he had trained in self-defence "since a very young age" and had operated undetected for three years.

He told the Evening Standard in June: "I just want to make a difference and leave this world a tiny bit better for the younger generation to inherit.

"I got sick of seeing crime on the news and in the papers with rarely anyone willing to step in and help people in need.

"I just remember one day thinking, I have the skills to help, so what am I doing with my life.

"I don't go looking for trouble, I hope every time I go out that I don't come across it."

He said he preferred to be known as "The Shadow", and confirmed that he did have a "big, beautiful beard."

Newquay Mayor Dave Sleeman said the town should employ him.

"He would do a brilliant job for the town," he said.

Telegraph.co.uk

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