A real-life hero dressed as Superman foiled an alleged mugger just around the corner from the headquarters of The Citizen, Gloucester, and trainee reporter Ellis Lane, pictured left, rushed to the scene to get an exclusive interview.
Ellis, who has worked on The Citizen for three months, was alerted by a receptionist at its office in The Oxebode, Gloucester, after a witness ran in to the building to tell the newspaper the story.
Rather than his usual alter ego of Daily Planet journalist Clark Kent, Superman was unmasked as Antonio Cortes, who had donned the fancy dress on Wednesday morning to raise funds for charity.
Antonio told Ellis how he had been eating breakfast in a nearby pub when he heard a woman scream. Ditching his full English, he chased the alleged assailant down the street before wrestling him to the ground.
The story was carried on the front page of yesterday’s edition of The Citizen, pictured below.
Ellis, no relation to Clark Kent’s love interest Lois Lane, told HTFP: “I got a picture of him in the Superman pose outside the bank and it went from there.
“It seems to have gone down really well since it has been released, few nationals have picked it up and it got a lot of reaction on social media.
“I think it was just a nice story really, about a ‘have a go hero’, it was just a brilliant stroke of luck that he was dressed as Superman at the time.”
Kevin James McKenzie, 54, from Gloucester, has been charged with attempted robbery following the incident.