'Superhero' Quits After Thugs Beat Him Up

Roger Hayhurst was known as Knight Warrior
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2013 3:45 PM CDT

(Newser) – A real-life superhero says he's hanging up his mask after getting beat up on the streets of Manchester, England, the Telegraph reports. Roger Hayhurst, 20, who called himself Knight Warrior, had promised "to get crime off the streets" while donning a $300 costume of black-and-blue lycra. He even patrolled with his 18-year-old fiancee Rebecca Wall, who went by Knight Maiden. But "we were recognized when we were walking thorough Clifton and some lads started punching me," Hayhurst tells the Manchester Evening News.

"My face was all swollen. After that I still dress up and occasionally patrol, but I mainly dress up for charity appearances." Wall has hung up her cape too. For the past few weeks they've been hosting a comedy sketch radio show, and he hopes to model Clark Kent by becoming a full-time journalist. At least his mother won't have to worry anymore—though 61-year-old Jennifer Hayhurst says the police did "keep an eye on him." (Read more superhero stories.)

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