Meet latest real-world superhero we worry will get himself killed

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Dec 15, 2012

By day, Roger Hayhurst is a mild-mannered gardener; by night, he turns into crime-fighting superhero, the Knight Warrior. And just in case you were wondering whether he appears in comics from Marvel or DC, he doesn't. Hayhurst protects the streets of Salford, Manchester, England ... for realz.

According to the Telegraph,

Dressed in a custom-made £200 blue-and-black lycra costume which his mother helped him buy from a firm in America, the 19-year-old patrols the streets of Salford, Greater Manchester, helping to break up fights and prevent anti-social behaviour.

"When people see me coming up it does tend to stun them into silence. I just carry on trying to get them to calm down, and eventually most of them do," he said.

Hayhurst was inspired by the actions of real-world superheroes (quite possibly on sites like this one). In the video below, he told the Telegraph, "I'm really sick of people standing by and doing nothing, and I really want to help out the community."

The community, it seems, needs help: A popular folk song, "Dirty Old Town," was named after Salford. According to Wikipedia, property theft and violence are well above the national average.

We admire the 19-year-old's determination and his altruism, but we worry for Hayhurst's safety. So does his mum. Luckily, she had the foresight to talk to the police and get them to look out for her son while he's on patrol.

It's not a Batman-level origin story, but at least it's heartwarming.

(via The Telegraph)

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