A FOOTBALL supporter carried to safety by a fitness trainer during protests at the weekend would like to thank his rescuer, his son said.
Bryn Male, who is a grandfather, was pictured being lifted out of the crowd by Patrick Hutchinson when clashes broke out near London’s Waterloo station.
The 55-year-old delivery driver was said to be a ‘fanatical’ Millwall fan, who was ‘well-known in that crowd’.
He was one of several hundred demonstrators who gathered on Saturday with the stated aim of protecting statues.
Mr Hutchinson had travelled to the capital to ‘keep the peace’ amid concerns that young anti-racism protesters could find themselves caught up in violence.
He intervened after fearing Mr Male ‘would have probably ended up being killed’ amid the clashes.
Mr Male’s son Harry, 21, said his father ‘got a black eye’ in a scuffle near the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank.
Asked if his father wanted to thank his rescuer, Harry told The Sun: ‘He probably would. Who wouldn’t?’
Mr Hutchinson, of Wimbledon, who is also a grandfather, told ITV’s Good Morning Britain yesterday Mr Male had not been in touch. He said: ‘It’s not something I really focus on. The most important thing is he is still alive. I don’t have much to say to him. I would be more interested in what he has to say to me or any of my friends.’
A source said Mr Male, of Basingstoke, Hampshire, would regularly go to London for protest marches, adding: ‘I wasn’t surprised when I saw him on the news.
‘It could have been a lot worse for him — he could have been killed.’
‘This should be a wake-up call. He’s in his 50s and I’m not sure why he’s getting involved in stuff like this.’