A homeless man claims to have saved a girl’s life after pushing her out of the way of a car – but he was hit and suffered multiple injuries in the process.

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Martin Vincent, 35, who is a well-known figure on Grapes Hill bridge in Norwich, was waiting to cross the road at the pedestrian traffic lights in Chapel Field Road, near Vauxhall Street, when he spotted a young girl walking onto the carriageway.

He said: “There was a young girl, aged about five or six, who was waiting with her parents and playing with a Barbie doll. She started to walk across the road when the lights changed. I heard a screech of brakes, and a car was coming, so I pushed the girl onto the path.

“But the car hit me, and I landed on the windscreen. I lost consciousness and woke up to see people around me. I broke my wrist and arm, and went to the walk-in clinic and then onto the hospital. I also suffered a cut to my forehead and needed super glue to stitch it up. I also twisted a ligament.”

Police confirmed that they attended an incident involving a car and a pedestrian on Saturday, February 23 at about 2.15pm, but their report had no mention of a girl being saved and they are not investigating the incident.

Mr Vincent, who has been homeless for about six months and sells his drawings on Grapes Hill bridge, said that since word of his exploits had become known, he had been something of a hero in the area.

“People have been coming up to me saying that what I did was heroic, but it was just instinct, really. But I’m glad that I had my wits about me,” he added.

He said that he had been staying with friends to recuperate, and had only now returned to his spot on the bridge.

Do you know the girl who was saved by Mr Vincent or her parents? Call reporter David Bale on 01603 772427 or email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

8 comments

  • I’m sorry but this story does not ring true. There is very little to substantiate Mr Vincent’s story other than his own word. The fact that even the police report does not mention the dramatic rescue should set alarm bells ringing. Frankly this story has as much credence as me ringing up the paper and telling them I bumped into Elvis on Magdalen Street and he would like to invest millions into the football club.

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    Mouseholder

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013

  • Who are you to judge this man?? Do you both work for the City Council by any chance?? Well done to this man for putting his life before somebody else's (homeless or not may I congratulate you my friend).

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    ChrisJohnson1970

    Tuesday, March 12, 2013

  • Is he licensed to trade from this public footpath? Does he pay any rent or business rates as the rest of us have to? Does he declare his income to the welfare agencies? I doubt it.

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    Tudor Bushe

    Tuesday, March 12, 2013

  • This guy is a legend for fooling so many people to believe that he is homeless and that he has no income. He has certainly fooled me in the past with his story about his girlfriend leaving him and more heartbreaking stories about him sleeping in a broom cupboard. Then I met one of his associates who said that he leaves his belongings at the hero's flat and that "he makes loads of dosh" down on the bridge. He is an entrepreneur and very good at marketing. Just look at this article! It is sad that papers are encouraging people to beg.

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    Spike

    Tuesday, March 12, 2013

  • I agree with you.The man has to be praised for his bravery and the family of the child must come forward to thank him publicly.

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    Spike

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013

  • No one in Norwich needs to be homeless.35 year old get a grip with yourself.life should not come down to this disgusting way of life.

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    PaulH

    Tuesday, March 12, 2013

  • I lived in a room near Martin in Bishopbridge House hostel for a while back in 2005..a total nutter, smackhead, con artist, bullsh**ter. Do not believe anything he claims LOL

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    Pauly

    Friday, March 15, 2013

  • I agree with 'mouseholder'. Surely the 'screech of the brakes' would have meant the driver of the car saw the little girl and tried to stop, which means he would have also seen this 'hero' push her out of the way. I am sure that would have been mentioned to the police. Another sob story to get a 'sympathy penny' in my opinion. He will be wanting a help for heroes charity box next! However, if the parents of the phantom girl comes forward and backs this gents story... I will personally buy him dinner.

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    nikkihilton

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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