Teenage Good Samaritan Jacob Eaton lies battered and bruised in the back of an ambulance – after being ‘kicked senseless’ by a gang of yobs.
The 14-year-old schoolboy was kicked, punched and stamped on by around 20 thugs after he went to help a youth who was drunkenly stumbling into the road.
His angry mum today branded the gang who attacked Jacob on Westfield Northway, Westfield, Sheffield, as ‘animals’.
Jacob and his 16-year-old brother Joe were walking to their dad’s house in Waterthorpe after playing rugby with two friends.
They saw a group of teenagers ‘stumbling’ around near the road and went over to see if they could help.
But one youth turned aggressive and swung punches and moments later as they walked off a large gang came out of a nearby house and attacked them with glass bottles.
Jacob was knocked unconscious and suffered concussion in the attack.
He also suffered lumps, bruises and abrasive marks to his face, head, body and arms and injuries to neck, shoulders ribs and back as well as cuts and swelling inside his mouth.
His brother Joe managed to flee the attack and alerted their dad who flagged down a police car which was on its way to the scene.
Their mum Lindsay Hearnshaw, 38, of Barlborough, Chesterfield, also raced to the scene after getting a phone call about the attack.
She said: “At first I didn’t believe it, I’ve brought my kids up not to cause trouble but when it sank in I felt sick to my stomach and was in complete shock.”
Lindsay added: “He was grey in colour, his skin was so pale and when we took him in the ambulance he couldn’t even speak for about 45 minutes, he was in total shock.
“He could have been killed. They’re both so well behaved, such good lads and for this to happen when they were trying to help someone makes me wonder what is the point?”
Jacob, a pupil at St Mary’s Catholic High School in Chesterfield, was taken to Chesterfield Royal Hospital in a neck brace.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “Police received a 999 call at around 11.15pm on Saturday, June 20, to reports of a large disturbance on Westfield Business Park in the Westfield area of Sheffield.
“An investigation is under way and enquiries are continuing.”