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Bridge hero saved teen from jealous knife thug; ex-boyfriend attacked young mum, 18, in front of shocked families.

Byline: NEIL DOCKING ECHO Reporter neil.docking@trinitymirror.com @LIVECHOCOURT

A HERO dad saved a young mum from being permanently disfigured when he tackled her knife-wielding ex-boyfriend.

Jealous Ryan Quigley lured Shelby Shearer, 18, to an ambush, after learning she had a new partner.

The 22-year-old slashed her face and tried to stab her in the head and neck, only for his knife to snap during a sickening attack.

Liverpool Crown Court heard Quigley trapped the teen on a bridge and yelled: "If I can't have you, then neither can he."

But Simon Mahon - who was walking with his children across the Marine Way bridge, over Southport Marine Lake - came to her rescue.

A judge praised Mr Mahon for putting his own life at risk and awarded him PS250 for his bravery.

Mr Mahon told police he saw two people with a pram and heard the woman cry out.

He said: "He seemed to have a quick look around and then swiped towards her with his hand towards her face. I saw what looked like blood or sweat spray out.

"He then started laying into her with lots of blows. She was screaming 'Get off' and 'Help!' I realised I would have to do something, so I told my kids to stay where they were."

By the time Mr Mahon reached the pair, cowardly Quigley had Miss Shearer in a headlock.

He dragged the thug away and pushed him against some railings.

He told Quigley to stay where he was and went to check on Miss Shearer, but another witness grabbed the attacker.

Mr Mahon said Quigley broke free, then ran off, just as he realised Miss Shearer had been stabbed.

He said: "I heard a series of loud bangs from the bridge. As I looked back, he was falling to the ground, having clearly been hit by a car.

"He was trying to get back up but I could tell he was really hurt, so I was trying to get him to stay still."

Mr Mahon and another man helped put Quigley in the recovery position and waited until an ambulance arrived.

Quigley, of Kensington Road, in Southport, admitted wounding with intent and was jailed for 10 years by Judge Neil Flewitt.

The judge added: "The actions of Mr Simon Mahon deserve public commendation."

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Ryan Quigley was jailed for 10 years for the attack on Southport's Marina Way bridge

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