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Have a go hero left needing 60 stitches in Birmingham

Will Flint Image copyright West Midlands Police handout
Image caption Will Flint is not sure he is going to return to full fitness after needing up to 60 stitches

A fitness competitor has been left scarred for life after intervening when he saw a woman being attacked.

Will Flint, 27, was repeatedly stabbed at a cash machine in Birmingham during the early hours of New Year's Day. He suffered a dozen separate wounds.

Without his martial arts training he might not be alive, he said.

Aidan Morrissey, 18, admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and possession of a bladed article and has been jailed.

Morrissey, of Billbrook Grove, Weoley Castle, also admitted two counts of battery and was jailed for eight years and ten months.

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Media captionMan stabbed after attempting to help a woman who was being attacked

Mr Flint had been at the Bristol Road cash machine when Morrissey attacked the woman, dragging her by the hair, police said.

Morrissey then lashed out at Mr Flint as he went to speak to him.

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Image caption Will Flint needed up to 60 stitches to cover a dozen separate wounds

"I spoke to the man but almost immediately he pulled a knife and began stabbing me," he said.

"I have had some martial arts training and managed to deflect some of the blows. Without that I'm not sure I would still be alive."

Police have thanked members of the public who came forward to help with evidence against Morrissey.

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